A team of archaeologists in Israel claim to have unearthed a seal likely believed to be Prophet Isaiah’s signature. The excavated artifact is a clay seal mark that they say probably bears the signature of the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah. Describing the expedition, the team revealed that clay stamp is about 2,700-year-old.
The excavation was carried out at the base of the southern wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. “We appear to have discovered a seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah, in a scientific, archaeological excavation,” says Dr. Eliat Mazar of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
“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,” Dr. Mazar explained in a statement.
“If it is the case that this bulla is indeed that of the prophet Isaiah, then it should not come as a surprise to discover this bulla next to one bearing King Hezekiah’s name given the symbiotic relationship of the prophet Isaiah and King Hezekiah described in the Bible,” Dr. Mazar said.
Explaining the artifact Dr. Mazar stated that the oval-shaped seal (or bulla) is about a half-inch wide, having an ancient inscription with the name Yesha‘yah (the Hebrew name of Isaiah), followed by the word nvy.
Dr. Mazar stated, “Because the bulla has been slightly damaged at end of the word nvy, it is not known if it originally ended with the Hebrew letter aleph, which would have resulted in the Hebrew word for “prophet” and would have definitively identified the seal as the signature of the prophet Isaiah. The absence of this final letter, however, requires that we leave open the possibility that it could just be the name Navi.” “The name of Isaiah, however, is clear.”