EDMOND, Okla. — The Armstrong International Cultural Foundation recently displayed the world premiere of two of the most significant archaeological artifacts ever discovered in Jerusalem. The artifacts, which date back to the time of the prophet Jeremiah, are featured in an interactive multimedia exhibition in the grand lobby of Armstrong Auditorium.
“Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” is an archaeological exhibition that enables visitors to view, touch and discover the history of ancient Israel’s rise under King Solomon, its collapse under King Zedekiah—and the work of the prophet Jeremiah.
Items on display include nearly three dozen artifacts from Jerusalem’s First Temple period, including figurines, royal seal impressions, and one of the largest ancient vessels ever found in Jerusalem.
“The real stars of the show are two of the exhibit’s tiniest pieces,” said Brad Macdonald, curator for the exhibit. “Two clay seals, each about the size of a dime, embody some incredible history.”
Discovered by archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, the clay seals, called bullae, were found only a few yards apart. According to their inscriptions, the seals belong to two princes mentioned in Jeremiah 38:1, a chapter that describes the attempt by the princes to kill the prophet Jeremiah.
“It’s not often that such discoveries happen in which real figures of the past shake off the dust of history and so vividly revive the stories of the Bible,” Mazar said.
Edmond’s Herbert W. Armstrong College provided support for Dr. Mazar’s excavations where the seals were found.
“We are honored to be involved in Dr. Mazar’s work. These tiny artifacts validate Jeremiah’s account and provide overwhelming proof of the accuracy of the biblical record,” stated college president Stephen Flurry.
The “Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” exhibition is free and open to the public. It will run through early 2013, at Armstrong Auditorium.
For more information call (405) 285-1010 or visit ArmstrongAuditorium.org.
The Edmond-based Armstrong International Cultural Foundation is a non-profit humanitarian organization with executive offices on the campus of Herbert W. Armstrong College. The foundation’s activities currently center around cultural enrichment through a series of performing arts concerts at Armstrong Auditorium and support of archaeological excavations in Israel.
The foundation and college are named after Herbert W. Armstrong, whose Ambassador College entered a 50-50 partnership with Hebrew University and the grandfather of Dr. Eilat Mazar, Dr. Benjamin Mazar, in 1968 to excavate the southern and western walls of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The results of these excavations today form the largest section of the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
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