The archaeologists have discovered a 2,700-year-old seal, made of clay, in Jerusalem. Researchers suppose the seal belonged to the biblical prophet Isaia.
The discovery has been presented in an article called “Is This the Prophet Isaiah’s Signature?” written and published by Eilat Mazar, the archaeologist team leader.
The seal might be the evidence of Isaiah’s existence
According to Eilat, the seal which, has now only a half-inch part left, could’ve been inscribed in Hebrew with “Belonging to Isaiah the prophet”. If Eilat Mazar is right, then this would be the first concrete evidence of the prophet’s Isaia existence, of course, outside of the Bible.
The Isaiah’s seal is just one of the 34 objects of the same type that have been discovered by Eilat Mazar during his Ophel excavation, in 2009, done in the southern part of the Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif).
The prophet Isaia
Isaiah was originally from Jerusalem and belonged to the royal bloodline of Judea.
Is considered the greatest prophet of the Old Testament, his name meaning “God saves!”. According to iconography, Isaiah had a long and sharp beard and was depicted as an old man.
Isaiah lived in Jerusalem, seven centuries before the coming of Jesus Christ, and prophesied under the kings of Azaria, Joasham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, and Manasseh.
According to the Jewish tradition, the prophet Isaiah lived until the time of King Manasseh. Because this king was practicing idolatry, Isaiah stood up against his pagan habits. For this, in 690 BC, King Manasseh commanded his soldiers to take Isaiah out of the city and cut him in half.
However, all this information can only be found in the Bible and in Jewish holy books.
If the 2,700-year-old seal will be proven that it has belonged to Isaia The Prophet, it would be another big evidence that old scriptures were based on real events and people.