Jerusalem archaeologists digging in the remains of the closest building to the First Temple yet excavated announced today the discovery of a seal bearing the name Matanyahu, or Mattaniah, as it is rendered in most English-language Bibles.
According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the “remains of a building dating to the end of the First Temple period were discovered below the base of the ancient drainage channel that is currently being exposed in IAA excavations beneath Robinson’s Arch in the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden, adjacent to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount.”
The personal Hebrew seal from the end of the First Temple Period was discovered on the floor of the ancient building. The seal, made of a semi-precious stone, is engraved with the name of its owner, “Lematanyahu Ben Ho …,” meaning: “Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho …” The remainder of the inscription has been erased.
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