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Has Eilat Mazar Discovered Archaeological Evidence of Isaiah the Prophet?

The Old Testament record shows that King Hezekiah was a contemporary of Isaiah the prophet. The Biblical books of Kings, Chronicles, and Isaiah show that this prophet played a central role in Hezekiah’s remarkable reign over Judah.

Today we have indisputable scientific evidence proving the existence of King Hezekiah. But what about Hezekiah’s chief counselor, and one of the Bible’s greatest prophets? Is there archaeological evidence proving the existence of the prophet Isaiah?

In the above video, Dr. Eilat Mazar discusses the dramatic recent discovery of the likely seal impression of Isaiah the Prophet.

To understand more about this discovery, please read “Has Eilat Mazar Discovered Archaeological Evidence of Isaiah the Prophet?

Click here to read Dr. Mazar’s official study of the bulla in Volume II of the Final Report of the Ophel Excavations 2009-2013

Where Is the Dig?

Where Is the Dig?

In this view of Jerusalem (looking west), we’ve pointed out the two excavation sites (King David’s Palace and the Ophel Excavation) and their geographical relation to the Temple Mount, for your convenience.

2018 Season Begins

2018 Season Begins

JERUSALEM – After more than four years, our excavations on the Ophel have begun again this week under the direction of archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar. The team has begun by cleaning and clearing debris at the site, reinforcing walkways and steps, and making ready general preparations for the excavation work to begin.

There are two primary areas of focus for this coming dig. The first will be familiar to Key to David’s City readers—a continuation of excavations in the large Area B Cave (partially excavated in the 2013 season—see a video of this cave here. The cave is now classified as Area M). We will be looking to understand just what the cave was used for during its various phases of use, from the Byzantine period all the way back to (potentially) the First Temple period or even earlier.

The second area will be a continuation of the upper part of Area A (2013), along with breaking ground into a large adjacent zone of the same structure. This will be classified as Area D. One of the primary goals is to find the continuation of the Byzantine House, within which was found the golden menorah treasure horde.

“We are delighted to go back to the site and reveal its most fascinating layers of Jerusalemite history,” Dr. Mazar commented. We’re certainly excited for another round of digging! Stay tuned to keytodavidscity.com to keep current with the new discoveries, write-ups and video entries.