The Seal of Temech

Archeologists in Jerusalem have discovered a seal from a family mentioned in the Bible. See here and here.

On the seal is inscribed the name of “Temech,” described in Nehemiah 7:55 as one of the families who returned from exile to rebuild Jerusalem.

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About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • fw

    this is amazing stuff. our faith is irrevocably linked to history as part of it´s truth claim. “if christ did not rise from the dead our faith is in vain.” that´s it.

    Consider in contrast how UNsupported are the truth claims of the book of mormon by archeology….. this clip really helped me appreciate all that more and drove the point home….

  • fw

    this is amazing stuff. our faith is irrevocably linked to history as part of it´s truth claim. “if christ did not rise from the dead our faith is in vain.” that´s it.

    Consider in contrast how UNsupported are the truth claims of the book of mormon by archeology….. this clip really helped me appreciate all that more and drove the point home….

  • S Bauer

    In the article it points out that the image depicts two bearded priests at an altar of incense with the crescent moon associated with a Babylonian deity. It seems the application of the First Commandment to specific cases was quite flexible.

  • S Bauer

    In the article it points out that the image depicts two bearded priests at an altar of incense with the crescent moon associated with a Babylonian deity. It seems the application of the First Commandment to specific cases was quite flexible.

  • fw

    Wow S Bauer. I missed that.

    And yet God still accomplishsed his purpose mightily through these near-pagan people. Jesus came and conquered in His death.

    This should encourage us in one more way to not get too crazed over the current culture wars right?

    We live by faith.

  • fw

    Wow S Bauer. I missed that.

    And yet God still accomplishsed his purpose mightily through these near-pagan people. Jesus came and conquered in His death.

    This should encourage us in one more way to not get too crazed over the current culture wars right?

    We live by faith.

  • S Bauer

    The prophets say that those sorts of shenanigans is what brought on the Babylonian captivity in the first place. The impression given after the return from Exile is that sort of syncretism was “right out!” Of course, maybe when Ezra’s or Nehemiah’s crackdowns came down, the Temech family tossed this particular tshatshke into the trash.

  • S Bauer

    The prophets say that those sorts of shenanigans is what brought on the Babylonian captivity in the first place. The impression given after the return from Exile is that sort of syncretism was “right out!” Of course, maybe when Ezra’s or Nehemiah’s crackdowns came down, the Temech family tossed this particular tshatshke into the trash.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    The location was beyond the city walls by the “Dung” gate. In other words, where the city’s waste was taken out? I wonder if the excavation was, in fact, of a garbage dump. And why would a family seal, unbroken, be tossed out and hauled through the Dung gate, if it were not, in fact, as S. Bauer suggests, because of Ezra & Nehemiah’s de-paganizing reforms?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    The location was beyond the city walls by the “Dung” gate. In other words, where the city’s waste was taken out? I wonder if the excavation was, in fact, of a garbage dump. And why would a family seal, unbroken, be tossed out and hauled through the Dung gate, if it were not, in fact, as S. Bauer suggests, because of Ezra & Nehemiah’s de-paganizing reforms?

  • fw

    #4 & #5

    excellent! and to consider that we can make all those conjectures on such a distant time with archeological hard evidence that correlates perfectly to the bible. awesome stuff. my previous post still holds. God can change hearts, and can use those whos hearts are still hard to achieve his ends.

  • fw

    #4 & #5

    excellent! and to consider that we can make all those conjectures on such a distant time with archeological hard evidence that correlates perfectly to the bible. awesome stuff. my previous post still holds. God can change hearts, and can use those whos hearts are still hard to achieve his ends.

  • Joe

    “This should encourage us in one more way to not get too crazed over the current culture wars right?”

    If you mean that God’s will will be done, then sure it is all ready taken care of. But that does not obsolve us from our responsibility to proclaim God’s word in its purity or to try to fix society.

    “What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning that grace may increase? By no means! …” Romans 6:1-2.

  • Joe

    “This should encourage us in one more way to not get too crazed over the current culture wars right?”

    If you mean that God’s will will be done, then sure it is all ready taken care of. But that does not obsolve us from our responsibility to proclaim God’s word in its purity or to try to fix society.

    “What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning that grace may increase? By no means! …” Romans 6:1-2.


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