2015-12-09 / Mideast

Seal impression of Judean king

A 2,700-year-old seal impression bearing the name of a Judean king was uncovered in excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount. The discovery is the first seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king ever exposed during a scientific archaeological excavation.

The oval impression, measuring 0.5 by 0.47 inches, reads “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah,” and includes the image of a two-winged sun, with the wings turned downward, flanked by two ankh symbols symbolizing life. Hezekiah was the Judean king from 727 BCE to 698 BCE.

The Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount are being conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology. (JTA)

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