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Royal Stamp Used By King David Found In Hebron, Israel

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By:  Marshall Ramsey II

HEBRON, Israel -- At the city of Hebron, in the western and southern sections of Tel Hebron near Tel Rumeida, remains of an Israelite settlement from the Second Temple period have been found and opened to visitors.  The remains were found outside a Middle Bronze Age wall that had been previously found.

An olive oil press, cisterns, a workshop with a furnace and ponds are among the artifacts found in an industrial area.  Also found was a road that leads to the city square and center of the town, however that section hasn't been excavated yet.

What is even more amazing than that is an overlooked article from the First Temple period around roughly 1,000 B.C.  A stamp with the words "King of Hebron" on it in the agricultural area.  The only Israelite king ever to reign from Hebron is David.

David was the second king of Israel, after Saul the son of Kish.  After David was chosen by God to be king, David had to flee from Saul.  For a period of seven and 1/2 years, David reigned over Hebron (2 Sam. 2:1).  What appears to have happened is that while David was at Hebron, he was visiting this olive press site and lost his stamp that he used to seal official documents.  It appears to have remained buried for more than 3,000 years until its find in 2014.

The doubters of David's existence have a truly mighty stone of stumbling to contend with.

Source article:  http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/new-discoveries-in-ancient-jewish-settlement-uncovered-in-hebron/2014/06/06/

 

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