The reality of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection
is the core idea behind
how Easter came about.
To many Jews who believe,
a key Bible passage is Isaiah 52:13-52:12.
But, outside of the Bible,
what physical evidence is there for
this “Isaiah” who lived hundreds of
years before Jesus?
Now there’s a new finding.
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Archeologists believe they may have found conclusive scientific evidence of the prophet Isaiah. A close advisor to the Judean King Hezekiah, Isaiah prophesied the coming of the Messiah in great detail.
“We appear to have discovered a seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah, in a scientific, archaeological excavation,” said third-generation archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Evidence of Isaiah?
The seal was one of 34 items – each called a bulla – that Mazar’s team unearthed in 2009 near the southern wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Mazar believes royal bakers used the site. Archeologists first discovered the location in 19861989 excavations. Babylonians razed it while destroying Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
In 2015, Mazar announced that one of the 34 bullae proved Hezekiah’s existence. The revelation earned international headlines. In the March-June 2018 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, she reported finding Isaiah’s bulla just 10 feet from Hezekiah’s.
In her article titled “Is This the Prophet Isaiah’s Signature?” Mazar cautioned that time had damaged the seal. A missing letter inserts some doubt that it belonged to the biblical prophet rather than another person named Isaiah. Yet, the proximity of the Isaiah and Hezekiah fragments led Mazar and her team to conclude it likely belonged to the prophet Isaiah.
Significance of the Find
The bulla lacks an important letter that would give irrefutable proof of the prophet. Still, it could be the first-ever scientific evidence of the prophet’s existence outside of the Bible. The books of Kings and Chronicles mention Isaiah but reference the book of Isaiah itself. No other proof of the prophet Isaiah’s life exists.
Isaiah is the most quoted Hebrew prophet in the New Covenant. Isaiah 7:14 prophesies the virgin birth of the Messiah. Isaiah 52:13-53:12 tells of the servant who suffered and died for our sins.
Mazar described King Hezekiah as “one of the most important kings in the history of Israel,” and Old Covenant accounts confirm that. In fact, 2 Kings 18:5 says, “There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.”
The Old Covenant links King Hezekiah with the prophet Isaiah 14 of the 29 times he is mentioned in 2 Kings 19-20 and Isaiah 37-39.
Given this close relationship and proof that Hezekiah existed, Mazar said, “[The] chances of [the bulla] belonging to any other but the known prophet Isaiah are extremely slim. No other figure was closer to King Hezekiah than the prophet Isaiah.”