Archaeologists unearth a seal of King Hezekiah of Judea near Temple Mount, shedding light on the Bibilical record and Jewish existence in Israel.
Archaeologists digging in a rubbish tip near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount found the first seal impression from an Israelite or Judean king. While others are known to exist, they were not found in an official archaeological dig, raising suspicion that they might not be genuine. King Hezekiah is mentioned in the Bible and he reigned in Israel between 727–698 BCE. An inscription on the seal in ancient Hebrew script reads: “לחזקיהו [בן] אחז מלך יהדה”. In English that translates to “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah”.
This discovery among other archaeological finds prove that the Jews not only lived in Israel, but indeed had a number of kingdoms in the region. Such finds go against the arguments of some Atheists and people with antisemitic leanings. How many times do we hear that Israel illegally occupies Palestine for example.