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2,700-year-old royal seal of King Hezekiah (the king in Isaiah 22) unearthed in Jerusalem
Israel21c.org reports: Biblical archeology buffs are abuzz over the impression of the royal seal of King Hezekiah (727–698 BCE) unearthed at the foot of the southern wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The impression bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew script that translates as “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah” along with a two-winged sun flanked by two ankh symbols symbolizing life. The find was announced today (December 2) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as the dig was carried out under the direction of Eilat Mazar from the university’s Institute of Archaeology. “Although seal impressions bearing King Hezekiah’s name have already been known from the antiquities market since the middle of the 1990s, some with a winged scarab (dung beetle) symbol and others with a winged sun, this is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation,” Mazar said... MHFM Comment: King Hezekiah (who reigned about 700 BC) was the king when the prime minister Eliakim was given the key to the house of David, as the video below discusses. The key of the office of prime minister, which Eliakim held under King Hezekiah, connects with the keys of the kingdom that Jesus promised to St. Peter in Matthew 16:18-19. This is the first time an item of this kind has been found.
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