The Tanach got it right
A CLAY seal impression found in Jerusalem is evidence that the city had a governor in biblical times, Israeli archaeologists have said.
The 2,700-year-old find, which bears an inscription in biblical Hebrew referencing the “governor of the city”, was unearthed during excavations near the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem.
Dr Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, the Israel Antiquities Authority’s director of excavations at the Western Wall, said it was “the first time that such an impression was found in an authorised excavation.
“It supports the biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago.”
The seal impression shows two people facing each other, while below the word “sari’r” can be seen in ancient Hebrew script.
The role of governor of the city of Jerusalem is mentioned twice in the Tanach — the Hebrew Bible — in Kings II and in Chronicles II.
The tiny seal