Claim: New Inscriptions from Hezekiah Discovered in City of David

Gershom Galil and Eli Shukron are announcing a set of newly-discovered inscriptions in Jerusalem that they attribute to Hezekiah. They are said to be monumental inscriptions that summarize some of Hezekiah’s accomplishments with specific dates.

These new texts have been identified in and around the water system that King Hezekiah constructed in the 8th century BC. The texts were not identified before now due to heavy erosion in the stone. Initial word of this, from a post by Gershom Galil, is that these texts include mentions of Hezekiah and his father Ahaz, the Philistines, the city of Gaza, and wealth accumulated in Hezekiah’s reign. Some of these inscriptions apparently mirror details described in the Bible.

If this discovery and the proposed interpretation are true, this would be informative and exciting. However, let’s wait until these interpretations have been formally published and tested before jumping in too deeply. Books could be written (and have been) about exciting archaeological discoveries that turned out to be different than initially believed. The facts should be evident in due time. It’s wise to be cautious and deliberate, especially when navigating passions (and the associated fundraising) that accompany biblical connections.

Stay tuned for updates...

Image of an eroded inscription within the City of David. (Courtesty of Eli Shukron and Gershom Galil)

About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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