A 2600-year-old agate seal and clay stamp recently discovered by archaeologists in Jerusalem feature ancient Hebrew script that provides evidence of the biblical scribe Nathan-Melech (2 Kings 23:11). History101 interviewed Robert Mullins, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, on the significance of the discovery.

Mullins said that it was an affirmation that the Bible is an authentic account of the life and times of important religious figures and prophets. “I think one thing for Christians that’s so important is that more than the fact that Christians have scriptures that they regard as authoritative, Christianity also relies heavily on the notion of historical plausibility.”

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Mullins is lead archaeologist at Tel Abel Beth Maacah in Northern Israel, an excavation site overseen by Azusa Pacific University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Last year, an artifact from the site, a small sculpted head dating from the late Iron Age11A (9th century BC), drew international interest for its likely depiction of a biblical king.The dig resumes this summer June 23-July 19, 2019.

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