Sept. 10, 2019
First Temple Seal Impression Found with Name of Bible-Era Royal Steward – Amanda Borschel-Dan (Times of Israel)
A 7th century BCE clay seal reading “Belonging to Adoniyahu, the Royal Steward” was discovered in the City of David in Jerusalem three weeks ago by national service volunteer Batya Ofan, who was sifting earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall under Robinson’s Arch in 2013.
The ancient Hebrew name Adoniyahu is found several times in the Hebrew Bible.
Archaeologist Eli Shukron said the clay seal, or bulla, was used in the First Temple period to seal important documents.
“After 2,600 years, you come and hold this bulla, which was used to seal a letter that was sent 2,600 years ago by the highest minister in the kingdom. It’s something amazing…. It makes my heart skip a beat,” Shukron said.