Hebrew seal from First Temple-era found in Jerusalem

Monday, March 03, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Israel's Antiquities Authority announced last Thursday that archeologists working at one of several dig sites in the City of David area just south of Jerusalem's current city walls had discovered a personal seal bearing an archaic Hebrew inscription.

Based on pottery also found at the site, the archeologists dated the seal to the 8th century BC, the time of Jerusalem's First Temple.

According to the inscription, the seal belonged to Rephaihu (ben) Shalem, a public official who lived in the area of the Gihon Spring.

The find lends further credence to Israel's historical claim to Jerusalem.

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