Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Friday 25 June |
Saint of the Day: Bl. John the Spaniard
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

Discovery of an ancient “Governor’s Seal” supports Jewish claim over Jerusalem

J-P Mauro - published on 01/08/18

The artifact was found near the Western Wall and dates back nearly 2,700 years

Israeli archaeologists have announced the discovery of a rare clay seal imprinted with images and Hebrew writings, which they believe once belonged to the Governor of Jerusalem. The small, half-inch diameter seal was determined to be from the First Temple period, 1006-586 BC. The Hebrew inscription reads “Belonging to the Governor of the city” and supports Israeli’s claim that Jerusalem has been inhabited by Jewish people for the last 3,000 years.

CBN interviewed excavator Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, who explain that the find supports the biblical records of ancient Jerusalem’s Governor position:

“The Bible mentions two governors of Jerusalem, and this finding thus reveals that such a position was actually held by someone in the city some 2700 years ago … It is likely that one of the buildings in our excavation [some 100 yards west of the Temple Mount] was the destination of this transport sent by the city governor.”

Weksler-Bdolah went on to explain that from this high-ranking seal, along with the large amount of other seals found in the area has led archaeologists to assume that the western slopes of Jerusalem was home to many city officials during the First Temple period.

Hebrew University Professor Tallay Ornan and Tel Aviv University Professor Benjamin Sass have spent time studying the seal and describe it as:

“… two standing men, facing each other in a mirror-like manner. Their heads are depicted as large dots, lacking any details. The hands facing outward are dropped down, and the hands facing inward are raised. Each of the figures is wearing a striped, knee-length garment.”

The piece was presented to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat who was thrilled by the find, saying, “This shows that already 2700 years ago, Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, was a strong and central city. Jerusalem is one of the most ancient capitals of the world, continually populated by the Jewish people for more than 3000 years.”

There are more scientific tests to be run on the artifact, but when those are done it will be on display in the mayor’s office.

Tags:
ArchaeologyIsrael
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
2
EUCHARIST
Philip Kosloski
Prayers to be said at the elevation of the host at Mass
3
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
4
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
5
PARTY
Theresa Civantos Barber
Celebrate “summer Christmas” with these 5 traditions ...
6
Cecilia Zinicola
The best method for transforming annoyance and frustration
7
JEFF BEZOS' FATHER
John Burger
Parents of Amazon CEO donate $12 million to Catholic school
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.