Seal of Sargon II Found in Galilee

Antonio Lombatti alerted to me the discovery in Galilee of a seal of Sargon II, the Assyrian king who claimed the destruction of Samaria and the deportation of its population in 722 BC. The find was reported in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz. Here’s a snippet of the article:

Prof. Ziona Grossmark of Tel-Hai Academic College in northern Israel conducted research on the seal, along with Baruch Brendl from the Israel Antiquities Authority. “The seal depicts a battle between a winged figure and a bull standing on its hind legs,” says Grossmark, adding that “comparative research allows us to date it to the time of Sargon II, an Assyrian king who ruled between 722 and 705 B.C.E. and completed the conquest of ancient Israel. The seal was apparently brought to Israel by one of his subjects. What happened to the seal after that remains a mystery, but ancient seals like this one are very rare − only a few of this nature have been found in remains from the Roman period, mostly in graves and temples.”

Relief of Sargon II (Louvre, Paris)

Another nice find!

Burning down the palace of Hazor

A nice piece has appeared on the Israeli news site, Haaretz, talking about the burning of the palace of Hazor in the mid-13th century BC. The problem is discussed by Amnon Ben-Tor and Sharon Zuckerman (both Hebrew University, Jerusalem). Their exchange shows the controversial nexus between archaeology, the Bible, and historical interpretation—something that is both crucial as well as problematic in the field of biblical studies. You will need to register (free) to read the whole article.

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