Media Alert: ‘Signature’ of Biblical Prophet Discovered, Spokesperson & Image Available

A 2,700-year-old clay seal from Jerusalem may reference Isaiah, making it the earliest reference to the prophet outside of the Bible.

A clay seal from the eighth century B.C. discovered in a Jerusalem excavation may bear the name of the biblical prophet Isaiah. Archaeologists suggest that the ancient Hebrew script impressed into a damaged half-inch oval of clay may have once read “Isaiah the prophet.”

If the reading on the 2,700-year-old seal is correct, it would be the first reference to Isaiah outside of the Bible. The Hebrew prophet is described as a counselor to the Judean king Hezekiah, who ruled from the late eighth to the early seventh century B.C.

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