JERUSALEM, Israel – King Hezekiah and the Prophet Isaiah worked together in biblical times and
Personal seal impressions that likely belonged to the two men are on display together for the first time.
“This is a celebration day for all our friends and especially for the lovers of Israel and the Bible,”
Dr. Eilat Mazar, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff
Mazar helped uncover the artifacts in 2009.
“This is one of the bullae that we found,” Mazar said pointing to a large poster of the artifact. “It’s a
Workers uncovered both items just a few feet apart at the foot of the Temple Mount, just outside the
King Hezekiah, considered one of Judea’s greatest leaders, and the Prophet Isaiah lived some 2,700
“When people wanted at that time, biblical times, to seal a document, they tied the document with
Hezekiah’s reads, “Belonging to Hezekiah, [son of] Ahaz, King of Judah.”
“To find such a private item, that relates to one of the Judean kings, I believe we’ve reached kind of
Isaiah’s isn’t as clear. It reads: “Belonging to Isaiah”… but the second word is missing a letter that
Exhibit Curator Brad McDonald, from the Armstrong International Foundation, said it sends a message
Curator Brad McDonald, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff
“Whenever you find discoveries like this, actual physical items that people can touch and they have
Mazar’s grandfather Benjamin Mazar, led the first excavation after the 1967 Six-Day War that
Prof. Benjamin Mazar, Photo, GPO archive
project – almost no parallel in dimensions. Hundreds of people worked. They revealed fantastic remains
Prof. Ben Mazar in 1936, Photo, GPO archive, Kluger Zoltan
Stephen Flurry, vice president of the Armstrong International Foundation and president of the
“We’ve had a partnership with Dr. Eilat Mazar since 2006, but our relationship with the Mazar family
“Since that time we’ve sent students to volunteer on the excavations, and we’ve also provided funding
Dr. Michael Oren, Israel’s minister of diplomacy calls Eilat Mazar “a hero.”
Dr. Michael Oren, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff
“She’s fought for Israel’s future by fighting for its past in the face of a lot of naysayers and particularly
“Eilat digs down and she finds it and she proves them all wrong,” Oren said.
Ten years ago, while digging in the City of David, Mazar believed she discovered King David’s palace.
“It’s monumentality is obvious. Everybody can see,” Mazar said at the time.
“Also its date – [it has] been constructed sometime around 1,000 BC, the time of King David in
While many archaeologists dismiss the Bible, Mazar maintains it to be an “important historical source.”
“The biblical stories and the New Testament stories by the way, it goes together because [it] just
The Oklahoma exhibit provides other artifacts, including a life-size replica of Hezekiah’s underground
Oren believes the significance of these pieces go way beyond science.
“Archaeology is not just about revealing the past. Archaeology is about securing our present.