A recent discovery at an archeological excavation in Israel provides evidence to the historicity of a Biblical king that has never been corroborated before.
And it was beneath a parking lot.
The artifact is a rare clay seal with the name of a court official of King Josiah, who figures prominently in the Old Testament of the Bible.
It was discovered at an archeological site believed to be ancient ruins of a site that was burnt down by the Babylonians during the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
The seal contains the name of Nathan-Melech, who was a high-ranking official in Josiah’s kingdom, according to the announcement from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The seal reads, “‘[belonging] to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King,” referring to Josiah. The name is mentioned only once in the Bible, in the second book of Kings.
“The ongoing archeological excavations at the City of David continue to prove that ancient Jerusalem is no longer just a matter of faith, but also a matter of fact,” said Doron Spielman, the vice president of the City of David Foundation.