Archaeologist: Unearthed Clay Seal Might Have Belonged to Biblical Prophet Isaiah

An archaeologist in Israel says that a seal that her team discovered during an excavation in Jerusalem several years ago might have belonged to the biblical prophet Isaiah, as it bears the Hebrew name and was found in the same area where another seal bearing the name of King Hezekiah had been unearthed years prior.

“We appear to have discovered a seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah, in a scientific, archaeological excavation,” announced Dr. Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University, whose dig team made the discovery in 2009 near the southern wall of the Temple Mount.

She says that the seal, or bulla, definitely is inscribed with the name Yesha’yah, meaning Isaiah, or Yahweh is salvation. It is then followed by what appears to be the word “nvy.” Because the seal is slightly damaged, it is not known whether there was an aleph after the “y,” meaning that it spelled out the word “prophet,” or if the letters meant sometime else.

However, as the 2,700-year-old bulla was found in the vicinity of another seal that bore the name of King Hezekiah, Mazar says that it would make sense if the seal did indeed belong to the biblical prophet. CHRISTIAN NEWS

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