Within the Hebrew Bible, the uncommon title of Nathan-melec is given to a servant of the King Josiah throughout the E book of Kings. He’s stated to have lived close to the Temple of Jerusalem , near the courtyard the place the horses had been saved that had been utilized in sun-worshiping. Till earlier this 12 months, there was no different proof this man actually existed, however the uncommon and thrilling discover of a bulla, or stamp seal, within the Metropolis of David may change all that.
Talking in March, Dr Anat Mendel-Geberovich, from The Hebrew College stated: “That is the bulla of Natan-Melech, servant of the King and since he was not talked about by his final title, we are able to perceive that he was fairly well-known in Jerusalem, throughout the mid seventh century BC, on the time of King Josiah.
“Now, this title, Natan-Melech is talked about within the Bible solely as soon as, within the second e-book of Kings, the place he’s talked about as an official of King Josiah.
“In a narrative concerning the well-known spiritual reforms of Josiah, who eliminated the horses that the previous kings had devoted to the Solar.
“The a million greenback query, it am I holding in my hand the bulla of the identical Nathan-Melech that was within the Bible?
“I can by no means say for sure, however what I can say is there may be an overlap in three issues – first the title which is uncommon, second the interval we’re speaking about and third is the truth that we’ve got the title, so he was near the King.”
Dr Yiftah Shalev, from the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed how the stamp could have turn into buried beneath the rubble.
He added: “I’m standing proper now in one of many rooms of a really giant construction, a construction that was constructed someplace within the seventh or eighth century BC.
“It was destroyed in a giant fireplace, likely in 586BC throughout the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem.
“The room was preserved and stuffed with the destruction, likely from the second flooring above it.
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Professor Yuval Gadot, from the Division of archaeology, Tel Aviv College, stated: “I’m standing within the Givati Parking Lot excavation being run by the Israel Antiquities authorities and Tel Aviv College within the Nationwide Park of the Metropolis of David.
“I’m holding in my hand a seal with historical Hebrew letters bearing the title Ikar Ben Matanyahu and I’m standing within the room the place this seal was discovered on the ground within the destruction of Jerusalem in 586BC.
“It’s not a coincidence that this constructing and the seal that had been present in it are positioned right here.
“We are literally in a constructing that’s constructed on the slopes of the Metropolis of David ridge, in the direction of the central valley.”