nathan-melech

A few months ago there was an interesting report¹ of a discovery in the City of David. A small clay impression [bulla] was found in an archaeological dig and it belonged to someone named Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King” (LeNathan-Melech Eved HaMelech). The find could be significant as it could be evidence of the servant of the 7th century BC King Josiah (648 BC -609 BC). Also it was not purchased by antiquities merchants, it was dug out of the rubble of a 7th century BC structure, just where you would expect to find it.

2 Kings 22:1-32;  Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.

Less than a chapter later we read about his servant Nathan.

2 kings 23:11;  And he [King Josiah] 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 chamberlain, which was in the precincts. And he burned the chariots of the sun with fire.



References:

  1.  Times of Israel; 31 March 2019

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