Archaeologists have discovered the first physical evidence of the prophet known as Isaiah, the Biblical figure from antiquity that is revered not only in Christianity and Judaism, but also Islam.
Isaish’s words of wisdom are said to have helped King Hezekiah ward off an Assyrian invasion and protect the Kingdom of Judah, and the Book of Isaiah in the Bible is named after him. Now archaeologists believe they have found proof that the 8th Century B.C. prophet is more than just a collection of apocryphal tales handed down the generations.
In an article published in the Biblical Archaeology Review, titled “Is this the Prophet Isaiah’s Signature?” an archaeologist named Dr. Eilat Mazar proposes that a 2,700 stamped clay seal discovered on the former site of a royal bakery near the secured, walled Temple Mount compound during an excavation in Jerusalem constitutes “solid proof of the existence of Isaiah“.
A prominent Israeli archaeologist from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem said:
“We appear to have discovered a seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah, in a scientific, archaeological excavation.
“We found the eighth-century B.C.E. seal mark that may have been made by the prophet Isaiah himself only 10 feet away from where we earlier discovered the highly-publicized bulla of King Hezekiah of Judah.” (More)