Reuters reported that archaeologists, who were digging in the land in Israel, found a clay seal that is more than 2,700-years-old. And they are confident that it is proof to validate a Biblical record.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority reported that an excavation led by Shimon Cohen uncovered the vital piece of pre-Christian history. The clay seal is inscribed with ancient Hebrew and reads: “belonging to the governor of the city.”
Cohen’s team found the seal near the plaza of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. As anyone who studies the Old Testament would know, the Bible mentions the governors of Jerusalem on several separate occasions.
The ancient seal is crafted from clay. It looks like a small coin and depicts two men facing each other in stoical postures of the biblical politicians.
The reports indicate that is about 13 by 15 millimeters on its face and about 2 to 3 millimeters thick.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority believes that this seal and others like it were attached to shipments to indicate possession or sent as a souvenir to a loyalist.
The excavator, Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, says that the clay seal “supports the Biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago.”
He added, according to the Daily Mail, “It is likely that one of the buildings in our excavation was the destination of this transport, sent by the city governor.”
Because this ancient artifact was taken from the ground near the first temple period building, the archaeologists were able to estimate its age. That temple was built around the 6th or 7th century before Christ’s birth.
The current mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, said the clay seal would go on temporary display in his office.
“It is very overwhelming to receive greetings from First Temple-period Jerusalem,” Barkat said in a statement, according to the Antiquities Authority.
In the video below, you’ll glean even more information about this find that verifies a passage in the Bible.