Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Gemariah's Seal

Imagine if you were a professional archaeologist legally excavating a site on the grounds of Jerusalem itself and as you dug and sifted, you pulled up from deep inside the ground, in a layer already dated to the fall of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, physical evidence engraved in clay of a person mentioned until that time only in the Bible. Now imagine if that person lived, according to the Bible, at the time of Jerusalem's fall and who, again according to the Bible, was located in that very location where the physical evidence of this very name was found. A pipe dream? More than likely. However, in this case, far from it.

In 1983 while excavating Area G, Stratum 10 of the City of David, Yigal Shiloh found a cache of bulla. Virtually every single name was an unknown historical personage, except for one...Gemariah, the son of Shaphan.
At that time Baruch went into the temple of the Lord. He stood in the entrance of the room of Gemariah the son of Shaphan who had been the royal secretary. That room was in the upper court near the entrance of the New Gate. There, where all the people could hear him, he read from the scroll what Jeremiah had said. Micaiah, who was the son of Gemariah and the grandson of Shaphan, heard Baruch read from the scroll everything the Lord had said.
--Jeremiah 36:10-11
And here he is, straight from his own seal ("belonging to Gemaryahu, son of Shaphan"):

1 Comments:

Blogger mishabomb said...

Wow, that's so cool.

5:48 PM  

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