A group of Israeli archaeologists have discovered that in a stamp that was found in 2009 in some excavations near the Temple Mount, in the old city of Jerusalem, is the name of king Hezekiah, the king of Judah, who came to rule around 700 BC.
During his reign, Judah was invaded by the growing Assyrian empire and its capital, Jerusalem, was besieged by the troops of King Sennacherib.. Despite being a vassal of Assyria, he achieved with great success the independent position of Judea and its capital, which greatly improved in terms of religion, economy and diplomacy under his rule.
As stated by Eliat Mazat, belonging to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and director of the excavations: “It is the first time that a seal impression of a king of Israel or Judah has come to light at an archaeological excavation”.
It is not a large piece but quite the opposite, it is an oval inscription measuring only 9.7 x 8.6 millimeters. It is a piece of clay that bears an inscription on which it can be read: "לחזקיהו [בן] אחז מלך יהדה" What does it mean: "It belongs to Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, king of Judah”And also features a sun with two wings facing downward and flanked by two ankh symbols, symbols of life.
This seal was found exactly at the foot of the southern part of the wall that surrounds the old city of Jerusalem, in what was a garbage dump and later a warehouse, where it was possibly thrown away and a long time later found, as has been the case.
When found in 2009, it was cataloged and placed in a closet after a first inspection, but its identity was not revealed. Five years later, a member of the team re-analyzed this piece with a good magnifying glass and appreciated some points that managed to help separate the words, which made their meaning soon to be seen.
The symbols on the seal impression suggest that They were made at the end of King Hezekiah's life since, always according to the opinion of the experts of the Hebrew University, they reflect the great Assyrian influence and also the desire of this king to highlight his political sovereignty among many other aspects. Now, we will surely continue to investigate more about this piece in search of more relevant information.
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