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Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered
Ancient Biblical Artifacts To Make World Premiere at Armstrong Auditorium
EDMOND, Okla. (Dec. 13, 2011)—The Armstrong International Cultural Foundation announces the world premiere of two of the most significant archaeological artifacts ever discovered in Jerusalem. The artifacts, which date back to the time of the prophet Jeremiah, will be displayed in an interactive multimedia exhibition in the grand lobby of Armstrong Auditorium beginning January 16, 2012.
“Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” is an archaeological exhibition that will enable visitors to view, touch and discover the history of ancient Israel’s rise under King Solomon, its collapse under King Zedekiah—and the work of the prophet Jeremiah.
Items on display will include nearly three dozen artifacts from Jerusalem’s First Temple period, including figurines and royal seal impressions from the City of David excavations, and one of the largest ancient vessels ever found in Jerusalem from the excavations at Solomon’s wall.
“The real stars of the show are two of the exhibit’s tiniest pieces,” said Brad Macdonald, curator for the exhibit. “Two clay seals, each about the size of a dime, embody some incredible history.”
Discovered by archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, the clay seals, called bullae, were found only a few yards apart. According to their inscriptions, the seals belong to two princes mentioned in Jeremiah 38:1, a chapter that describes the attempt by the princes to kill the prophet Jeremiah.
“It’s not often that such discoveries happen in which real figures of the past shake off the dust of history and so vividly revive the stories of the Bible,” Mazar said.
Edmond’s Herbert W. Armstrong College provided support for Dr. Mazar’s City of David excavations where the seals were found.
“We are honored to be involved in Dr. Mazar’s work. These tiny artifacts validate Jeremiah’s account and provide overwhelming proof of the accuracy of the biblical record,” stated college president Stephen Flurry.
The “Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” exhibition is free and open to the public. It will run January 16, 2012 through October 16, 2012, at Armstrong Auditorium.
For more information call (405) 285-1010 or visit ArmstrongAuditorium.org.
The Edmond-based Armstrong International Cultural Foundation is a non-profit humanitarian organization with executive offices on the campus of Herbert W. Armstrong College. The foundation’s cultural activities include a series of performing arts concerts at Armstrong Auditorium and support of archaeological excavations in Israel.
The foundation and college are named after Herbert W. Armstrong, whose Ambassador College entered a 50-50 partnership with Hebrew University and the grandfather of Dr. Eilat Mazar, Dr. Benjamin Mazar, in 1968 to excavate the southern and western walls of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The results of these excavations today form the largest section of the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
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Grand Opening: The Jerusalem Celebration
To mark the grand opening of the exhibit, a special concert will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in Armstrong Auditorium. The Jerusalem Celebration will feature Israeli music and Israeli-born artists; Pianist Orli Shaham, Violinist Itamar Zorman and others. Tickets are on sale now and prices are as low as $28. Ticket holders will enjoy admission to the exhibit beginning at 1:00 p.m. January 15. For tickets call (405) 285-1010 or visit ArmstrongAuditorium.org.