First Temple Seal Impression Found by Western Wall

Biblical Archaeology Society | 9/18/2019 | Staff
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A volunteer looking through dirt that had been excavated from Robinson’s Arch in 2013 found a 1-cm impression of a seal. The seal, or bulla, would have sealed a paper or container and marked the identity of the author or owner. This clay seal impression references the name Adoniyahu, the royal steward. Adoniyahu appears three times in the Hebrew Bible and most notably as the name of King David’s son.

The Royal Steward was the highest ranking position in the king’s court of Judah. The bulla dates to the seventh century B.C.E., the period of the kingdom of Judah’s prominence.

Hebrew - Seal

In Hebrew, the seal reads:

The literal translation is:

Which would mean:

This find follows the recent discovery of another meaningful seal. As...
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