Wednesday, March 9, 2016

‘Exceptional’ woman’s 2,500-year-old seal unearthed in Jerusalem

First Temple-era relic bearing name ‘Elihana bat Gael’ discovered near City of David; second seal, a man’s, located in same area

By Times of Israel staff

Two 2,500-year-old seals — one belonging to an “exceptional” woman — were found outside of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday in what it termed a rare discovery.

The first First Temple-era find, made of semiprecious stone and bearing the name “Elihana bat Gael,” indicated the woman who owned the seal was affluent. The second seal, found in the same area, belonged to “Sa‘aryahu ben Shabenyahu.”

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