Tag Archive for First Temple

“Servant of the King” seal unearthed in City of David

Once again, the archaeological find of yet another unearthed artifact not only supports Jerusalem to be an ancient Jewish city, it corroborate the accounts written in the Holy Bible.

By David Lazarus


A Rare and Exciting Discovery: A 2,600-year-old seal with impression bearing the words: “belongs to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King.”

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reports that the seal was excavated in the City of David along the south-eastern slopes of the Temple Mount and is dated to the First Temple period.

The name Nathan-Melech appears only once in the Bible, in II Kings 23:11, where he is described as an official in the court of King Josiah, who participated in a cleansing of the Temple precincts that King Josiah initiated. Continue Reading »

2,700 yr-old seal with, ‘Governor of Jerusalem’ found near Western Wall

Seal was discovered in Jerusalem’s Old City during excavation of First Temple era building near Western Wall Plaza.
• Israel Antiquities Authority says artifact was likely attached to shipment or sent as souvenir on behalf of the governor.

By Yori Yalon, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


Israeli archaeologists revealed a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression that they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem.

The artifact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as “belonging to the governor of the city,” was likely attached to a shipment or sent as a souvenir on behalf of the governor, the most prominent local position held in Jerusalem at the time, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv University reveal unseen inscription from First Temple era with new technology


Researchers at Tel Aviv University use multispectral imaging technology were able to read additional letters and words in the existing inscription dating back almost 3,000 years, on one side of the clay, and to their surprise, three “new” lines appeared.

By Ilan Gattegno


Researchers at Tel Aviv University have uncovered a Hebrew inscription on a shard of pottery dating back to the First Temple era (the 11th to 5th centuries BCE) using new multispectral imaging technology, the “Plos One” multidisciplinary scientific journal reported Wednesday.

The inscription discovered on the pottery – Photo Courtesy Tel Aviv University

The shard, discovered decades ago, was believed to have been inscription-free on one side, but the multispectral imaging technology revealed it was used as part of a delivery of supplies to a military unit sent to Tel Arad, west of the Dead Sea. Continue Reading »

Ancient papyrus scroll dating from 7th century BCE mentions Jerusalem in ancient Hebrew script


Israel Antiquities Authority presents evidence that refutes UNESCO resolution that rejects Jewish ties to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
• The stolen papyrus document from a Judean Desert cave, records a shipment to a First Temple period king, in ancient Hebrew script.

By Israel Hayom Staff


The UNESCO decision passed Wednesday declaring the Temple Mount to be a Muslim site of worship was immediately countered by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which presented a document dating from the seventh century BCE — the First Temple period — in which the name “Jerusalem” clearly appears in ancient Hebrew script.

The ancient papyrus that mentions Jerusalem - Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority/Channel 2 

The ancient papyrus that mentions Jerusalem – Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority/Channel 2

According to the authority, the papyrus document, which had been among the antiquities robbed from caves in the Judean Desert, represents the oldest external source found to date that cites Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Archaeology supports historical and biblical accounts of both Temples’ destruction


The destruction of the First and Second Temples, supported by archaeological findings, coins, burnt houses, etc., including various historical testimonies, all support the biblical accounts of both Temples’ destruction.

By Tal Barkai


For nearly two thousand years, Jews have mourned the destruction of the Temples. They have traditionally relied on the account of the First Temple’s destruction as told in the Bible and the external accounts for the destruction of the Second Temple—but over the past decade, archaeological findings supporting the Jewish canon have been adding evidence.

Flavius Josephus, first-century Romano-Jewish scholar, historian and hagiographer.

Prof. Aren Maeir, an expert on the First-Temple period from Bar Ilan University’s Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, “From a chronological historical standpoint, we’re talking about the year 586 BCE, when Jerusalem was destroyed.

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2,500 yr-old seal from 1st Temple period found in Jerusalem


Israel Antiquities Authority admits “Finding seals that bear names from the time of the 1st Temple is hardly a commonplace occurrence, & finding a seal that belonged to a woman is an even rarer phenomenon.”



Who was Elihana bat Gael?

An exceptional woman during Jerusalem’s First Temple period, some 2,500 years ago, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

A view from the Jerusalem excavation site in the City of David

A rare seal bearing her name was recently unearthed in a large ancient building during excavations carried out in the Giv’ati parking lot at the City of David, in the Jerusalem Walls National Park, the IAA announced on Sunday. Continue Reading »

8 yr-old Israeli ‘Indiana Jones’ honored after First Temple era archaeological discovery


For turning archaeological find over to Antiquities Authorities’ officials, Itai Halpern of Pardesiya was granted a certificate of honor after discovering the head of a statue from the First Temple period.



An eight-year-old Israeli boy on a daytrip with his family in the Beit Shemesh area accidentally made an important archaeological discovery last week, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.

Itay Halperin holding the head of a sculpture from the First Temple period discovered in Beit Shemesh‏. – Photo: ARIK HALPERIN

Itai Halpern of Pardesiya was granted a certificate of honor after discovering the head of a statue from the First Temple period and turning it in to Antiquities Authorities’ officials. Continue Reading »