This first-ever physical evidence is a small .4-inch piece of clay that reads, “Isaiah the prophet.”
Archaeologists have found the very first physical proof of the existence of Prophet Isaiah from the Bible.
According to a report from Faithwire — a small, .4-inch piece of clay that reads, “Isaiah the prophet” was found in Jerusalem.
Speaking at a press release, Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar announced that an 8th century BCE seal impression was discovered in First Temple remains near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
In her words, “We appear to have discovered a seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah, in a scientific, archaeological excavation.”
Proof of Prophet Isaiah’s existence
Mazar’s team found the minuscule bulla, or seal impression, which had letters and “a motif of blessing and protection found in Judah, particularly in Jerusalem.”
The name l’Yesha’yah[u] (Belonging to Isaiah) and partial word nvy, which is said to spell out “prophet” is inscribed on the oval-shaped bulla.
Mazar says, “Because the bulla has been slightly damaged at the end of the word nvy, it is not known if it originally ended with the Hebrew letter aleph, which would have resulted in the Hebrew word for ‘prophet’ and would have definitively identified the seal as the signature of the prophet Isaiah.”
“Without an aleph at the end, the word nvy is most likely just a personal name. Although it does not appear in the Bible, it does appear on seals and a seal impression on a jar handle, all from unprovenanced, private collections. The name of Isaiah, however, is clear.”
What this incredible discovery means
This find could potentially confirm the existence of Isaiah, who is known as a really important prophet in the Old Testament.
The Book of Isaiah, compiled between the years of 701 and 681 B.C., is said to have been written by him.
It covers his prophecies to the Kingdom of Judah and his message of repentance.
Outside the Bible, this seal bearing, which could be his signature, will be the first archaeological proof that a prophet named Isaiah actually existed and served as an adviser to King Hezekiah.