Hezekiah Seals Uncovered

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CBNNews.com—JERUSALEM—Archaeologists have uncovered several impressions bearing the royal seal of King Hezekiah in an Arab neighborhood southeast of Jerusalem.  The find was announced Monday by the Israeli Antiquities Authority.  The seal impressions are 2700 years old, and bear the names of two important officials—Ahimelech ben Amadyahu and Yehohail ben Shahar--who served in the Judean government of the biblical king.

The seals were discovered in January when archaeologists conducted a routine excavation before a construction project in the neighborhood of Umm Tuba.  They also discovered a shard of pottery from the Hasmonean period, about 600 years after Hezekiah, and a large building dating from the First Temple Period (1006-586 B.C.).  The building was destroyed when the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem at the end of the First Temple Period.

Source:  The Jerusalem Post

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