The Tanach got it right

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

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

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