ancient history

December 18, 2014 (Source: http://www.msstate.edu/web/media)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Six official clay seals found by a Mississippi State University archaeological team at a small site in Israel offer evidence that supports the existence of biblical kings David and Solomon.

Many modern scholars dismiss David and Solomon as mythological figures and believe no kingdom could have existed in the region at the time the Bible recounted their activities. The new finds provide evidence that some type of government activity was conducted there in that period.

Jimmy Hardin, associate professor in the MSU Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, said these clay bullae were used to seal official correspondence in much the same way wax seals were used on official documents in later periods.

Hardin, co-director of the Hesi Regional Project, has been excavating each summer at Khirbet Summeily, a site east of Gaza in southern Israel, since 2011. Hardin’s findings were published in the December 2014 issue of Near Eastern Archaeology, a leading, peer-reviewed journal for this field.

 

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December 19, 2014

Possible 10th Century Davidic Seal Discovered

December 18, 2014 (Source: http://www.msstate.edu/web/media) STARKVILLE, Miss. — Six official clay seals found by a Mississippi State University archaeological team at a small site in Israel offer […]
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