An archaeological discovery in Israel is making a lot of headlines – and perhaps causing some Bible naysayers to scratch their heads in embarrassment.
Haaretz, The New York Times, and Fox News are just some of the news outlets reporting that a rare clay seal mark and a 2,600-year-old stone stamp bearing biblical names have been found in Jerusalem's City of David. The seal stamp – about the size of a fingernail – is also referred to as a "bulla" and was something used to authenticate documents or items.
"Seven bullas have been found over the years of characters in the Bible," apologist and author Dr. Frank Turek said Tuesday on American Family Radio. "The newest find is someone obscure: his name is 'Nathan-Melech,' an assistant to King Josiah – and you can read his name in 2 Kings 23:11."
The seal – pulled from the ground by Israeli archeologist Yuval Gadot – was the first archeological evidence of that biblical name.
"Some of the other ones [discovered earlier] include Isaiah the prophet and King Hezekiah," Turek continued.
He added that it certainly corroborates the fact that specific people in the Old Testament existed in the very spot expected, based on what the Bible says.
"The New York Times actually went into the political ramifications of this because the area known as the City of David – again, it's only a ten-acre peninsula – basically is considered East Jerusalem in Palestinian territory," he explained, "yet in reality that was the city of Jerusalem that goes all the way back to David."