Israeli Archaeologists Find Ancient Artifact That Verifies Highly Contested Biblical Passage

Some people try to disprove things in the Bible. They claim that the stories in the Bible cannot be true because they are so old and steeped in mysticism. As archaeologists continue to put the latest technology to use to search the earth for truths of humanity’s past, one thing happens again and again. These new technologies and techniques continue to prove that events in the Bible really did occur. And as more Israeli archaeologists funnel money into these projects, they find older and older artifacts that are Biblically significant. And this just happened again.

Reuters reported that archaeologists, who were digging in the land in Israel, found a clay seal that is more than 2,700-years-old. And they are confident that it is proof to validate a Biblical record.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority reported that an excavation led by Shimon Cohen uncovered the vital piece of pre-Christian history. The clay seal is inscribed with ancient Hebrew and reads: “belonging to the governor of the city.”

Cohen’s team found the seal near the plaza of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. As anyone who studies the Old Testament would know, the Bible mentions the governors of Jerusalem on several separate occasions.

The ancient seal is crafted from clay. It looks like a small coin and depicts two men facing each other in stoical postures of the biblical politicians.

The reports indicate that is about 13 by 15 millimeters on its face and about 2 to 3 millimeters thick.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority believes that this seal and others like it were attached to shipments to indicate possession or sent as a souvenir to a loyalist.

The excavator, Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, says that the clay seal “supports the Biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago.”

He added, according to the Daily Mail, “It is likely that one of the buildings in our excavation was the destination of this transport, sent by the city governor.”

Because this ancient artifact was taken from the ground near the first temple period building, the archaeologists were able to estimate its age. That temple was built around the 6th or 7th century before Christ’s birth.

The current mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, said the clay seal would go on temporary display in his office.

“It is very overwhelming to receive greetings from First Temple-period Jerusalem,” Barkat said in a statement, according to the Antiquities Authority.

In the video below, you’ll glean even more information about this find that verifies a passage in the Bible.




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Battle Over Contested Virginia House Of Delegates Seat Will Drag On

The dramatic race for a Virginia House of Delegates seat that could decide which party controls the chamber — a race that’s come down to a name-drawing — is expected to continue into the new year.

After postponing the original name-drawing earlier this week, James Alcorn, chair of the state’s Board of Elections, on Friday rescheduled the name-drawing for Jan. 4 “unless the court system intervenes.”

On the eve of the original name-drawing Wednesday, Democratic candidate Shelly Simonds filed a court motion contesting a previous decision to count a contested ballot for her opponent, Republican incumbent David Yancey.

If Simonds were to win the seat, Republicans would lose their majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates after 17 years.

The court has yet to address the matter, as some of its judges are out of town for the holidays.

“Drawing names is an action of last resort,” Alcorn said Wednesday. “Any substantive concerns regarding the election or recount should be resolved before a random drawing is conducted.”

The turmoil over the seat has dragged on for more than a month. A recount originally proclaimed Simonds the winner by a mere one vote. Yancey then won a lawsuit that allowed a previously uncounted ballot to be counted as marked for him ― bringing the race to a tie.

Virginia House Democrats have called Yancey’s lawsuit a “desperate effort to change the outcome and steal the election” from Simonds.

“The court erred both in admitting the ballot for consideration, which broke the rules of the citizen-led recount process, as well as in counting the ballot for Yancey, which, according to guidelines from the State Board of Elections, had already been accurately classified as an overvote by both the Democratic and the Republican observers,” House Democratic Caucus spokesperson Katie Baker said in a statement Friday.

Virginia state law indicates that electoral ties should be resolved “by lot.” The candidate “who loses the determination by lot” could call for another recount.

This article has been updated with a statement from the Virginia House Democratic Caucus.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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CNN Frets ‘Someone Is Trying to Take’ Win From Dem in Contested VA Race

Anderson Cooper 360
December 27, 2017
8:30:13 PM Eastern

JIM SCIUTTO: We’ve all heard the old adage that every vote counts. For our next guest and the Virginia district she is hoping to represent, that is quite literally true. After a recount, it appeared that Democratic candidate Shelly Simonds won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates by just one vote. At least until a panel of judges awarded her opponent, the incumbent David Yancy, one last last-minute ballot. That left the election in a tie. Thousands voted and this election was almost decided today by putting the candidate’s names on slips of paper in film canisters and picking one out of a hat. It still might be decided that way.

That process was delayed, however, because Simonds filed a motion to ask the judges to reconsider their decision on that final mystery ballot. To be clear, this race and that one vote is not just about this one delegate. If Simonds wins, the Republicans lose their majority and control over the House of Delegates and that would be for the first time in 20 years.


Let’s take a look at this ballot that came out of nowhere that tied it up again because I want to get your thoughts on it. Here it is. If you look down there, we’ll get a little closer, I hope, to see that what happened is that this voter filled in the bubbles for both you and your Republican opponent. Now, to be clear, they then put a slash mark through your name and the question, I suppose, is whether they meant you or the other guy. But tell me your view of this and where this ballot came from.

SHELLY SIMONDS: Well, you know, in Virginia we have very clear rules. I’m sure most other states do too about what ballots can be counted and what ballots are considered overvotes to be thrown out. And there’s a handbook with very clear rules about this. And that gave me a lot of confidence going into the recount. But I’m afraid that that ballot really is not in the handbook and it should have been thrown out. And it really saddens me that the judges didn’t feel the same.

SCIUTTO: So you’re taking this to court in effect, and the judges will have to decide whether this is a spoiled ballot or should be counted for the Republican?

SIMONDS: You know, I think the judges are going to have several options. One option is since the ballot does not appear in the handbook for the State Board of Elections, they can actually refer it to the state board for guidance, which I think would be a really good option for them. The other thing that they can do is they can decide not to count that ballot and change their opinion that it is an overvote.


SCIUTTO: Just very quickly, does part of you worry that someone is trying to take this away from you?

SIMONDS: I think clearly my opponent’s team did not play by the rules of the recount. We actually had a court order that said any ballot that was to be contested had to be marked on the recount day, on Tuesday. So they did not follow the rules of the recount.


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