A few days ago, I sent an email to archaeologist Professor Eilat Mazar about the bulla found at the City of David and the remains of what she identified as David’s Palace. In the bulla found at the site, Shelemiah is called the son of Shevi (see my post dated November 4, 2005). In response to my email about her findings, Professor Mazar wrote:
“You are right. The name svi (שבי), shin, bet, yod, doesn’t appear in the Bible as the father of Shlemyahu. It appears only on the bulla. It is quite unusual to add the grandfather’s name as we learn from the 45 bullae found at the City of David excavations directed by the late prof. Shiloh and published by my (late) husband Y. Shoam, who was also a member of Shiloh’s expedition. All the names mentioned in the bullae list only the name of the father, like the famous Gemariahu ben Shaphan.”
For those who are interested in knowing more about Professor Eilat Mazar, the following bibliographical information was taken from Wikipedia, the free internet encyclopedia (click here for the complete information on Professor Mazar).
“Eilat Mazar is a third-generation Israeli archaeologist, specializing in Jerusalem and Phoenician archaeology. She has worked on the Temple Mount excavations, as well as excavations at Achzib and Bethlehem, and is a visiting scholar with the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.”
“On August 4, 2005, Mazar announced she had discovered in Jerusalem what may have been the palace of the biblical King David, the first king of a united Kingdom of Israel, who ruled from around 1005 to 965 BCE. Mazar’s discovery consists of a public building dated from the 10th century BCE, pottery from the same period, and a bulla, or government seal, of Jerucal, son of Shelemiah, son of Shevi, an official mentioned at least twice in the Book of Jeremiah. The research was financed by an American investment banker and the Ir David (City of David) Foundation, a private Israeli research institute.”
“Amihai Mazar, a professor of archaeology at Hebrew University, and Mazar’s cousin, called the find ‘something of a miracle.’”
“Mazar obtained her Ph.D. from Hebrew University in 1997. She is the granddaughter of pioneering Israeli archaeologist Benjamin Mazar.” – Wikipedia
I appreciate Professor Mazar’s contribution to my web page and her email shedding additional light on her discoveries.
Claude F. Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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