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"LMLK" Seal Impression - Paleo-Hebrew Script On Jar Handle Fragment - Type g2t

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Seller: abca-c-sllc5hjngh (474) 100%, Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ships to: US, Item: 263912005936 Iron Age II "LMLK" seal impression - type g2t (this type has no city name below and could be considered scarce).Various locations throughout Judah yielded many four-handled storage jars, some stamped with the formula LMLK (i.e., 'for the king'). LMLK stamps often feature a winged sun disk. Excavations at Tel Lachish (Stratum III) confirmed that all the LMLK stamps were contemporaneous, and predate the Assyrian conquest of 701 BCE.The ancient "king seals" discovered thorough Israel have sparked the imagination of religious leaders, archaeologists and historians. The clay jars are embossed with words in Paleo-Hebrew, a variant of Hebrew similar to Phoenician, that read LeMelekh or "To the King." These are often referred to in English as the LMLK seals, for the English transliteration of the letters. “LMLK (למלך) jar-handle seal impressions, the first ancient Israelite inscriptions discovered in modern times, predate the oldest Bible texts by about a century. Scholars agree that they relate to an important event recorded in three Bible books (Sennacherib's Assyrian campaign against the Judean king, Hezekiah), but disagree on the function and span of that relationship” (G.M. Grena) Material: Pottery, Provenance: Licensed dealer in Israel

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