Dig Supports Biblical Story of Jerusalem’s Destruction | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

Rosette seal on jar handles (credit: Eliyahu Yanai, Courtesy of the City of David Archive)

A recent archeological dig lends credibility to the Biblical account that Jerusalem was burned and its residents taken into captivity by Babylon some 2,600 years ago. This marked the end of the kingdom of Judah. Researchers sifting through charred ruins uncovered an official seal used at the end of the First Temple period.

Small ivory statue (credit: Clara Amit, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority)

 

The current excavation also indicated Jerusalem’s residents possessed a degree of wealth and sophistication beyond what had earlier been thought. Researchers uncovered several ornamental artifacts among the cinders. In particular, a small ivory statue of a woman with an Egyptian hair style displays the “high caliber of the artifacts’ artistic level and the skill par excellence of the artists during this era,” states the IAA.

Videos of the dig at: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVIIE7UK7W5Uri0V2Vn2Bgg

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Dig Supports Biblical Story of Jerusalem’s Destruction | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

About Jonathan Lankford

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Bible with a concentration in missions and intercultural communication. He also earned his Master's in Business Quality Management (MBQPM) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's in Education (MEd) focusing on Administration. He has been an educator since 2007, teaching English and humanities in Vietnamese universities. He currently holds the position of Associate Registrar at Tan Tao University, Vietnam.
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