Critics like to claim that the Bible is only a collection of myths and legends, yet archaeologists digging near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have found a clay impression of the royal seal of the biblical King Hezekiah. The seal reads “Belonging to Hezekiah (son of) Ahaz, king of Judah” (biblicalarchaeology.org, December 3, 2015). King Hezekiah ruled over the kingdom of Judah in the 8th century BCE and is mentioned in Assyrian inscriptions. The clay seal, about 1 cm (½ inch) in diameter, was used to attach a string that surrounded a scroll. This artifact “is believed to be the first-ever seal… from an Israeli or Judean King to be discovered by archaeologists” (CNN, December 4, 2015).
While critics attempt to discredit the truth of Scripture and even deny that biblical kings ever existed, archaeological finds continue to validate the truth of the Bible (John 17:17; Psalm 119:160). Jesus also stated, “For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17). Hezekiah’s seal and many other biblical proofs provide powerful evidence that the Bible is a source of factual information (1 Peter 3:15). For more on this important subject, read our article, “Prove the Bible!”