Archaeologists may have found seal impression of biblical prophet Isaiah

Archaeologists may have found seal impression of biblical prophet Isaiah
Signature seal from 2,700 years ago. Isaiah's? (Image: Screen grab of Cosmos News video, YouTube)

[Ed. – They’ve been making an amazing number of these finds lately.]

Given the close association between Hezekiah and Isaiah in life, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that they may be linked in the archaeological record, as well.

The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review features a piece by Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University. Mazar supervised the excavation that found Hezekiah’s seal among the thirty-three recovered bullea.

Among the other clay seals was one inscribed with the name “Yesha ‘yah[u].” () For those of us who didn’t study Hebrew, the name means “YHWH is salvation.” In English, the name is rendered as “Isaiah.” …

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The obvious question is: Did the seal belong to the Isaiah?

Mazar believes it may well have. The biggest reason is that beneath the name “Yesha ‘yah[u]” are the Hebrew letters rendered as “nvy.” Now, a piece of that bottom line is missing, so Mazar can’t be 100 percent certain, but “n-v-y” are the first letters of the Hebrew word “nabi” which means “prophet.”

Still, she has technical reasons for thinking that the word was indeed nabi.

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