|The remains of a 10th cent. BC foundation wall |
that is part of the Large Stone Structure that Israeli
archaeologist Eilat Mazar claims is part of David’s palace.
Ophel excavations where the Hezekiah seal was discovered.
The discovery of several bullae inscriptions also supports the use of the building by royalty. Among the names on some 51 seals (bullae) recovered so far, are the names of two ministers of King Zedekiah’s court, the last king of Judah. “Yehuchal Ben Shelamayahu, son of Shovi” and “Gedaliah Ben Pashchur” are two of the four officials who plotted to kill the prophet Jeremiah (Jer 37:3; 38:1). Another name on the bullae, “Gemaryahu ben Shafan,” is mentioned as being King Jehoiakim’s scribe towards the end of the First Temple period (Jer 36:10). Lawrence J. Mykytiuk, Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200-539 B.C.E. (Society of Biblical Literature, 2004), 139–147; Mazar, Eilat. The Palace of King David Excavations at the Summit of the City of David: Preliminary Report of Seasons 2005-2007. Jerusalem, Israel: Shoham Academic Research and Publication, 2009, 54–56; Mazar, Eilat. “Did I Find King David’s Palace?” Biblical Archaeology Review 32, no. 1 (2006): 16–27, 70.
Now another bullae seal inscription, with the name of King Hezekiah (II Kings, Isaiah, II Chronicles 727–698 BC) has been announced (Dec 2, 2015), during the wet sifting of the soil from Ophel excavations under the direction of Eilat Mazar. Temple Mount Sifting Project. It was originally excavated in 2009 during Ophel Excavations, but just recently published. It reads “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah”
Dr. Eilat Mazar said:
“Although seal impressions bearing King Hezekiah's name have already been known from the antiquities market since the middle of the 1990s, some with a winged scarab (dung beetle) symbol and others with a winged sun, this is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation.”See the announcements at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Bible describes King Hezekiah as "He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him." (2 Kings 18:5).
Dr. Eilat Mazar explains her find in this video LINK
More on King Hezekiah's unprovenanced seals (over 21) and other seals of Hezekiah's high officials, indicating that Judah was an active kingdom can be found in Robert Deutsch's Presentation.
Dr. Leen Reitmyer adds some further insights about the location of the find at his site.