The Oval Bulla Seal of King Hezekiah


The oval bulla is 0.5 inches wide, 2,700-year-old piece of clay inscribed with King Hezekiah's seal. This amazing find was discovered by a team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Hebrew University archaeologist Eilat Mazar.

The Ophel excavations were conducted at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount.


The inscription, in Paleo Hebrew letters begins with the string YHWKL, meaning "belonging to or for YaHuWKaL". The second line actually contains the tell-tale string -YHW again, in the name of YaHuWKaL’s father, SLMYHW or ShaLaMYaHuW (H8018). 



The Oval Bulla Seal of King Ahaz


Clay seal or bulla bearing the inscription ‘Belonging to Ahaz (son of) Yehotam, King of YaHuWDaH in Paleo Hebrew (2 Kings 16:1). The coins from the Persian period tend to be inscribed in Aramaic "square script" or Paleo-Hebrew and use the Aramaic spelling of the province as "Y-H-D".  Those coins from the Ptolemaic/Hellenistic period (or maybe earlier) are inscribed in the Paleo-Hebrew script and usually spell Judea as "Y-H-D", "Y-H-D-H" or originally "Y-H-W-D-H".