[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.” …
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.