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A number of seals (bullae) have been found by the archaeologist Dr Eilat Mazar during the excavations at King David’s Palace in Jerusalem. These were inscribed in ancient Hebrew and the first of the seals found bears the name of a government official named Jehucal, son of Shelemiah, who is referred to on two occasions in the Book of Jeremiah.  The second seal discovered  bears the name of another government official by the name of Gedaliah, son of Pashhur, who is also mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah. (See Jeremiah 38:1).

These seals indirectly confirm the historical existence of the prophet Jeremiah, the author of the biblical books of Jeremiah and Lamentations, who lived in the late 7th and early 6th century B.C.E.  Jeremiah began his ministry around 625 B.C.E. and remained in Jerusalem until the city was captured by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E. during the reign of King Zedekiah.

 

See additional information on our Research page under the heading of "Excavations at King David’s Palace, Jerusalem."

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The Star of Bethlehem

 

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A royal seal of King Hezekiah has been found during archaeological excavations in Jerusalem. The stamped clay seal, also known as a bulla*, was discovered during the excavations led by Dr. Eilat Mazar in the Ophel, the area between the City of David and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  Said Dr Eilat Mazar in a recent  press release: “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”

The small bulla, contains an ancient Hebrew inscription that reads “Belonging to Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, King of Judah.” Hezekiah was the son of Ahaz the 13th King of Judah who reigned from approximately 715-686 B.C. The bulla was discovered along with over 30 other bullae during the excavations led by Dr Eilat Mazar. In ancient biblical times these bullae were normally used to tie the strings around rolled documents, hence confirming their authenticity.

Hezekiah was born in c. 741 BC and assumed the throne of Judah at the age of 25. He promoted and enforced religious reforms, introduced a strict mandate for the sole worship of Yahweh, and went to great lengths to abolish idolatry from his kingdom.  According to the Bible, Hezekiah witnessed the destruction of the northern Kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians in c. 720 BC and was king of Judah during the invasion and subsequent siege of Jerusalem by the Assyrian King Sennacherib in 701 BC. The main account of Hezekiah’s reign can be found in the bible in 2 Kings 18-20, Isaiah 36-39, and in 2 Chronicles 29-32. He is also one of the kings of Judah mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.

In advance of Sennacherib’s impending invasion of Judah in 701 BC, Hezekiah fortified the walls of Jerusalem and arranged for the construction of a tunnel (known today as Hezekiah’s Tunnel) to secure the water supply to the city in the event of a siege. His attempts to save Jerusalem are chronicled in the bible and in other Assyrian historical accounts (See 2 Chronicles 32: 2-4 and 2 Kings 20:20 regarding his fortifications of Jerusalem).  Sennacherib failed to conquer Jerusalem before his death (2 Kings 19: 35-37). King Hezekiah died from natural causes at the age of 54 in c. 687 B.C. and was succeeded by his son Menasseh (2 Kings 20:21).

 

* Found in excavations between 2009 and 2013 and confirmed in December 2015.

  

   Royal Seal of King Hezekiah Found!

RECENT FIND CONFIRMS THE EXISTENCE OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH!

DATE

LECTURE / PRESENTATION

SPEAKER

VENUE

ADMISSION / TICKETS

Wednesday

14th September

2016

07.30 pm

The Star of Bethlehem

Donny Mackay

BA, BSc, FBRS

Carnegie Hall Studio

East Port

Dunfermline

KY12 7JA

Tickets £5.00 on sale from

the Box Office at

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Telephone: 01383 602 302

e-mail: boxoffice.carnegie@onfife.com

or online at:

https://www.onfife.com/venues/carnegie-hall/

Friday

7th October

2016

07.30 pm

The Star of Bethlehem

 

Donny Mackay

BA, BSc, FBRS

Paisley Arts Centre

New Street, Paisley

Renfrewshire. PA1 1EZ

Tickets £5.00 on sale from

the Box Office at

Paisley Arts Centre

Telephone: 0300 300 1210

or online at:

https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Wednesday

9th November 2016

07.30 pm

The Star of Bethlehem

Donny Mackay

BA, BSc, FBRS

Crossapol, Isle of Tiree. TBA

 

Event organized by the Tiree Community Development  Trust,

The Island Centre,

Crossapol, Isle of Tiree.

PA77 6UP

TBA

PAST EVENTS

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

3rd February

2016

07.00 pm

The Star of Bethlehem

Donny Mackay

BA, BSc, FBRS

Tarbert Library

Tarbert

Isle of Harris,

Scotland, HS3 3BG

Admission free

Telephone: 01859 502971

Tuesday

1st December

2015

07.30 pm

The Star of Bethlehem

 

Proceeds from this event to local charity Bethesda Hospice

registered charity SCO15783

Donny Mackay

BA, BSc, FBRS

Caladh Inn,

James Street,

Stornoway.

Isle of Lewis

Scotland.

Tickets £8.00, on sale from

The Bethesda Shop,

48 Bayhead, Stornoway

Isle of Lewis

Telephone: 01851 706465

Wednesday

20th May

2015

07.30 pm

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Ken Wilson BA

Cotton Theatre

Pendulum Hotel

Sackville Street

Manchester

Tickets £10.00, on sale from

SOLD OUT

Tuesday

19th May

2015

07.30 pm

The Search for the Ark of the Covenant

Ron Alexander BA, BSc

Cotton Theatre

Pendulum Hotel

Sackville Street

Manchester

Tickets £10.00, on sale from

SOLD OUT

Friday 20th February 2015

07.30 pm

The Excavations at King Davids Palace, Jerusalem

David Jones BA

Park Plaza, Greyfriars Road

Cardiff

Tickets £10.00, on sale from

SOLD OUT

Thursday 19th February 2015

07.30 pm

The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel

Donny Mackay

BA, BSc, FBRS

Park Plaza, Greyfriars Road

Cardiff

Tickets £10.00, on sale from

SOLD OUT

Wednesday

18th February 2015

07.30 pm

Noah and the Great Flood

Douglas Law BA

Park Plaza, Greyfriars Road

Cardiff

Tickets £10.00, on sale from

SOLD OUT

TOWN OF DALMANUTHA FOUND!

 

UK archaeologists are confident they have recently found the town of Dalmanutha on the north-west coast of the Sea of Galilee in Israel.  This is the town that Jesus sailed to after the feeding of the 5000 as mentioned in the Gospel of Mark (Mark 8:10).

Excavations are currently ongoing and already many tourists have been visiting the site.