So I was browsing the news sites tonight, trying to find something interesting to distract me from all the gloom and doom, and low and behold I found something! The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced they have found a clay bulla imprinted with the seal of King Hezekiah of Judah. Hezekiah ruled Judah from 727-698 B.C.E. during the First Temple Period in Jerusalem. The Bible has some pretty good things to say about Hezekiah, including the verse above from 2 Kings. His story can generally be found in 2 Kings 18-20. You can also read about him in Isaiah 36-39.
Here’s a pic of the bulla itself from the BBC:
This was found during excavations at the foot of Southern wall of the Temple Mount, in a “dump” that associated with Hezekiah’s time period. According to the BBC, it was first found in 2009, but was cataloged after scientists weren’t able to decipher the inscription, but it was recently revisited.
It’s a cool little find I think. I’ve always been interested in history, and it’s always fascinated me to see these relics and artifacts pop up.
If you’d like to read more you can check out the BBC article here.
You can also read a write up from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem here.