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The Seal of ʿAśayāhū (2.79)
(288 words)

Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Seal and Stamp Inscriptions; Seals and Seal Impressions


The Hebrew seal is dated paleographically to the second half of the 7th century bce.1

(Belonging) to ʿAśayāhū

“servant” (minister) of the king

It is most probable that this ʿAśayāhū of the seal is identical with “Aśayā, servant of the king,” mentioned in 2 Kings 22:12, 14 and 2 Chronicles 34:20. He appears as one of the team, sent by king Josiah (Yošiyāhū) in the …

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Heltzer, Michael, “The Seal of ʿAśayāhū (2.79)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>

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