King Hezekiah Iconic Seal Impression

hezekiah

On the recent news about the discovery of an ancient seal naming King Hezekiah found near the south wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This king is mentioned by the Bible (II Chronicles 31) as one of the good guys, a reformer who centralized worship and reorganized (and funded) the Temple cult. In that context, one of the most outstanding things about the archaeological find is its iconography, namely the solar disk with two-wings turned downward and two ankh symbols symbolizing eternal life. With its distinctly Egyptian visage, the impression isn’t very “Jewish” or even “Israelite.” You can read about it here.

 

 

 

 

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
This entry was posted in uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to King Hezekiah Iconic Seal Impression

  1. OMG. Even back then the Jews were guilty of cultural appropriation…More seriously: If you really want to complain, just think of all those pagan mythological beings which found their way into Dante’s Divine Comedy.

    • zjb says:

      Dude, I’m not complaining. I think the image is awesome, and it makes the point about larger cultural borrowings across the ancient near East, particularly in relation to iconography.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s