Debate over the Newly Discovered Seal

Eilat Mazar announced the discovery of a First Temple seal with the word “Temech” on it. This reading is based on the fact that in the Persian period words were sometimes written backwards. Peter van der Veen suggests reading it forwards, and believes the inscription says “Shlomit.” Neither reading is without flaws, so more work will need to be done for a precise deciphering of the seal.

For more information on this debate, see the Higgaion blog.

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