Ancient Hebrew seal discovered near Jerusalem’s First Temple

8 May

From time to time, a piece of history emerges that reminds us of our rich and ancient past as a Jewish people and our undeniable tie to the holy land, Israel.  Such is the case when just last week an ancient 2,000- year-old seal bearing a name similar to Israel’s current prime minister was discovered during excavations near the Western Wall.

Archaeologist Eli Shukron shows an ancient seal, at the City of David in Jerusalem

The seal was discovered near the remains of a building dating to the end of the First Temple period located below the base of an ancient drainage channel.  The name in scripted on the seal, “Matanyahu” meaning “Giving to God”, was a common name in the Kingdom of Judah in the latter part of the First Temple period.

The archeologists who found the seal said, “such a find is always exciting.”  Indeed it is.  In a day and age when Israel faces increased security threats, constant global criticism, and efforts to delegitimize her existence and the Jewish right of return, a discovery like this reconfirms the historical bond between the Jewish people and their homeland, Eretz Israel.

Read more about the seal here

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One Response to “Ancient Hebrew seal discovered near Jerusalem’s First Temple”

  1. Harris Silver May 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

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