Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Historical Artifact Found

Historical Artifact Found
A recent archeological dig near the Dung Gate in Jerusalem resulted in an interesting find. The find was a 2,500-year-old seal that has been identified with the Temech family. This family is referenced in the book of Nehemiah. They worked at the first temple, which was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The seal contains the symbol of the Babylonian god Sin. That a worker at the temple would use this symbol fits with the corruption of the Jewish people described in Nehemiah. That this coincides with the destruction of the temple and the beginning of the “Babylonian Captivity” is fascinating in both a historical and religious context.
Religiously it shows the down sliding of the people, which is referenced as the reason God allowed the Babylonians to conquer them. Historically it helps confirm some of the events described in Nehemiah. The head Israeli archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar was happy to have found physical evidence confirming the existence of a family mentioned in the Bible.

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