Biblical Archaeology Review 24:3, May/June 1998

First Impression: What We Learn from King Ahaz’s Seal

By Robert Deutsch

It is time to give BAR readers a look at the first seal impression of a Hebrew king ever found. BAR editor Hershel Shanks knew of its existence before I showed it at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans in November 1996, so before the meeting he announced a contest to guess the name of the king.a After the public lecture at the Annual Meeting, he disclosed the name of the king and announced the winner of the contest, a woman from Switzerland.b Now, having published the seal impression in Hebrew,c it is appropriate that its first English publication be in BAR.

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