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One Bad Pig
01-01-2018, 04:04 PM
Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem.

The artifact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as "belonging to the governor of the city", was likely attached to a shipment or sent as a souvenir on behalf of the governor, the most prominent local position held in Jerusalem at the time, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.

The impression, the size of a small coin, depicts two standing men, facing each other in a mirror-like manner and wearing striped garments reaching down to their knees. It was unearthed near the plaza of Judaism's Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

"It supports the Biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago," an Antiquities Authority statement quoted excavator Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah as saying.

Governors of Jerusalem, appointed by the king, are mentioned twice in the Bible, in 2 Kings, which refers to Joshua holding the position, and in 2 Chronicles, which mentions Masseiah in the post during the reign of Josiah.

link (https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-archaeologists-2-700-old-governor-jerusalem-seal-111050734.html)

lee_merrill
01-01-2018, 04:29 PM
Neat!

Terraceth
01-01-2018, 08:52 PM
Does the coin identify them by name? Because simply saying "governor" doesn't really seem to be much of a confirmation of anything. Or was there a question about whether there were governors at all in Israel at the time?

shunyadragon
01-02-2018, 08:58 AM
Interesting but not significant.

I do not see that the appointment of governors to cities by kings at this time represents anything controversial that it needs confirmation. The Bible is well known for containing historical facts, because the Bible is set in history.

One Bad Pig
01-02-2018, 10:13 AM
Does the coin identify them by name? Because simply saying "governor" doesn't really seem to be much of a confirmation of anything. Or was there a question about whether there were governors at all in Israel at the time?
There wasn't evidence supporting the Tanakh's mention of governors in Jerusalem, so it was doubted. It's not a major point, but it's far from the first material to be doubted only to be subsequently affirmed by evidence.

One Bad Pig
01-02-2018, 10:15 AM
Interesting but not significant.

I do not see that the appointment of governors to cities by kings at this time represents anything controversial that it needs confirmation. The Bible is well known for containing historical facts, because the Bible is set in history.
Modern and postmodern scholars are well known for rejecting any fact contained in the Bible not supported by outside evidence.

shunyadragon
01-02-2018, 06:23 PM
Modern and postmodern scholars are well known for rejecting any fact contained in the Bible not supported by outside evidence.

Not true. Citations please.

One Bad Pig
01-02-2018, 06:34 PM
Not true. Citations please.
Surely you're not this ignorant. It's not as if you're typically any sort of supporter of the historicity of the Tanakh.

Sparko
01-03-2018, 06:18 AM
The Bible is well known for containing historical facts, because the Bible is set in history.

First thing Shuny ever said that makes sense.

Thank you Captain Obvious.

Sparko
01-03-2018, 06:19 AM
Not true. Citations please.

Read theologyweb.

rogue06
01-03-2018, 07:50 AM
Read theologyweb.
Link please :teeth:

shunyadragon
01-03-2018, 08:09 AM
Surely you're not this ignorant. It's not as if you're typically any sort of supporter of the historicity of the Tanakh.

Historicity of the entire Tanakh is very very different from the presence of historical facts in the Tanakh. There are in fact many known historical facts in the Tanakh.