(Watch Jerusalem) He was king when the kingdom of Judah experienced its last gasp of freedom. His demise was the death knell of the kingdom. Now, archaeological discoveries in and around Jerusalem are breathing life into the epic reign of King Josiah. The most recent evidence proving Josiah’s reign and the biblical record is a seal impression bearing the name of Nathan-Melech.
Dr. Yiftah Shalev, codirector of the Jerusalem excavation that uncovered the artifact, told Watch Jerusalem in early April, “It’s a relatively rare name. It’s the first time that it was found on any document outside the Bible. … In the Bible itself, it’s mentioned only once.”
That record is found in 2 Kings 23:11: “Then he removed the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun, at the entrance to the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-Melech, the officer who was in the court; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire” (New King James Version).
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