8 Amazing Artifacts

1. Seals Of Jeremiah

The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University.

The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University.

A couple of clay bullae (seal impressions) were discovered by archaeologist Eilat Mazar. While on an excavation of  City of David, Jerusalem, she came across seals that beared the names of two royal ministers mentioned in the Bible’s story of Jeremiah, prophet of the Old Testament.

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2. Ten Commandments Dead Sea Scrolls

Photo: Dan Balilty/AP.

Photo: Dan Balilty/AP.

The Ten Commandments Dead Sea Scroll is up for display at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

3. The Tel Dan Inscription

Photo: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem/Israel Antiquities Authority (photograph by Meidad Suchowolski).

Photo: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem/Israel Antiquities Authority (photograph by Meidad Suchowolski).

The fragmented inscriptions prove that King David from the Bible was a genuine historical figure. It told of battles between the kings of Israel.

4. The Shema’ Yisrael

Biblical Archaeology Review

Biblical Archaeology Review

This Jewish amulet discovered near Carnuntum is one of the earliest monotheistic readings of Deuteronomy. It is known to hold the writing known as Shema’ Yisrael, which is one of Israel’s holiest confession meaning “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one”.

5. St. Sabas Seal

Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

A discovery of a double-faced lead seal proves the authenticity of Saint Sabas. The seal bears the monk’s signature. He is best remembered for his role in founding monasteries in the Judean Desert while Christianity was blossoming.

6.The Paleo-Hebrew Script

Sherd: Ouria Tadmor, courtesy of Eilat Mazar. Drawing: Ada Yardeni, courtesy of Eilat Mazar.

Sherd: Ouria Tadmor, courtesy of Eilat Mazar. Drawing: Ada Yardeni, courtesy of Eilat Mazar.

During excavations at the Temple Mount, Eilat Mazar discovered a lettered inscription while on an excavation at the Temple Mount. It featured today’s earliest alphabet ever found in Jerusalem.

7. James’s Bone Box

NY Daily News, courtesy of Oded Golan.

NY Daily News, courtesy of Oded Golan.

The box is a genuine artifact and from the period when Jesus lived. The inscription reads: “brother of Jesus.”

8. Original Bible Manuscripts

Image: Tablet Mag

Image: Tablet Mag

The Bible has a rich history; it was written over a span of 1500 years, by 40 authors. It is not a book of myth, its a factual news account that involved real places, real people. Historians and archaeologists have repeatedly confirmed its authenticity. The original manuscripts that made up the bible are known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Between 1946 and 1956, The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a series of eleven caves around the site known as Wadi Qumran near the Dead Sea. Indeed, it has been the most important archaeological find of our time.