Researchers have stumbled upon the first found seal of a biblical Israelite king.
It surrounds the story of King Hezekiah, or King Hez-Ki as his ancient homies used to call him.
Maybe Hollywood will make a movie about him and screw up the story with a bunch of CGI rock people or butterflies with lasers? … but I digress.
Seriously, these researchers were ecstatic to reveal that they have stumbled upon the first found seal of a biblical Israelite king.
Charisma News reports that the royal seal of King Hezekiah, who ruled around 700 B.C., has been added to the nation’s extensive collection of ancient artifacts.
Hezekiah ruled around 700 BC and was described in the Bible as a daring monarch—”There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him” (2 Kin. 18:5)—who was dedicated to eliminating idolatry in his kingdom.
“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.
The detailed clay seal, known as a bulla, was uncovered near the southern part of the wall surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City. It was mistakenly buried in a refuse dump around the time of the Israelite king. After five years of research, a team member was able to decipher the text.
The dots help separate the words: “Belonging to Hezekiah (son of) Ahaz king of Judah.”
“It’s always a question, what are the real facts behind the biblical stories,” Mazar said. “Here we have a chance to get as close as possible to the person himself, to the king himself.”
However, this discovery not only has biblical significance, but is relevant to the Israel-Palestine conflict today.
The word “Palestine” is believed by many to be a name derived from the Egyptian and Hebrew term for “migrants” or “wanderers,” and comes from the biblical tribe of the Philistines, who were barbaric nomads determined to conquer the Israelites. However, as the Bible describes, the Philistines’ giant fighter, Goliath, was defeated by a shepherd named David, who went on to become the king of Israel in the 10th century B.C.
And on the subject of “Palestine”:
If Muslims – I’m sorry – “members of the religion of peace” are so damn concerned about Palestinians, why doesn’t one of these countries rope off a giant area for the Palestinian people?
You know, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar – however you prounounce that, or Iran. They got more land than they know what to do with.
The answer is – they don’t want the Palestinians in their country either. They don’t let Syrian “refugees” in, Ethiopians (They’re all in Vegas driving cabs, by the way), or any other ne-re do-wells because they know what’s gonna happen: Violence. End of story.
Still, this incredible seal precedes even the earliest mention of an official derivative of “Palestine,” in which the historian Herodotus called the area “Palaistinē” in the 5th century B.C., 200 years after King Hezekiah.
This means that there is tangible proof that an Israelite king ruled the area known as Israel today long before anyone mildly considered a Palestinian lived in the area.
Even then, the first Islamic Empire had not conquered the area until the Battle of Yarmouk in 636 A.D., a highlighted battle in the Muslim conquests of Syria. This led to Muawiyah I being named the Caliph, following his crowning in Jerusalem.