A Tax Receipt from Jerusalem?



Another remarkable artifact has been discovered in Jerusalem.  Archaeologists have recovered a (bulla) seal with Hebrew inscriptions in a refuse pit.

This seal was found in an ancient rubbish pit of the First Temple period.  Gabriel Barkay from Bar Ilan University believes that the inscription reads: גבען למלך , meaning “Gibeon, to the king.”  According to Barkay, the inscription may be related to tax collection from the citizens of Gibeon sent to the king in Jerusalem.

George Athas has a good report on the inscription.

These archeological discoveries continue to provide valuable information on the life and culture of the people of Israel during the period of the monarchy.

NOTE: For other articles on archaeology, archaeological discoveries, and how they relate to the Bible, read my post Can Archaeology Prove the Bible?.

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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