Since June 10, thousands have visited Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, Oklahoma, to see our archaeological exhibition. We have titled the exhibit “Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered,” after the stars of the show: two clay seal impressions (bullae) of King Hezekiah and Isaiah.
Renowned archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar discovered the bullae during 2009–2010 archaeological excavations on the Ophel in Jerusalem. This exhibit is the world premiere of the bullae and will likely be the only time these artifacts are exhibited outside of Israel.
Beyond showcasing the bullae and more than 40 other artifacts, our exhibit explores the dramatic story told by these treasures of antiquity. All the artifacts date to the eighth century b.c. They confirm the biblical account of Judah’s renaissance, its miraculous deliverance from the Assyrian Empire, and the extraordinary relationship between King Hezekiah and Isaiah the prophet. The exhibit features the Judean artifacts alongside Assyrian history and Jewish records, creating a triumvirate of truth proving the accuracy of the biblical record.
While the stars of the show are the seals of King Hezekiah and Isaiah, the supporting cast is also exciting. Among the artifacts on loan from the Israel Antiquity Authority are iron arrowheads used in the Assyrian siege of Lachish, silver bullion, and royal Judean clay vessels. Featured Assyrian history includes replicas of the wall reliefs of Lachish, the Azekah inscription, and the famous Annals of Sennacherib Prism (or Taylor Prism).
The history of the artifacts is chronicled via maps, illustrations, mini-documentaries, time lines, interactive aids and storyboards. Visitors can take the exhibit home with them in the form of a free, 40-page, full-color brochure. Visitors to Armstrong Auditorium can walk through a 10-foot-long re-creation of a section of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the underground water passageway built by King Hezekiah and still flowing beneath the City of David.
Finally, we have created an online version of “Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered.” You can tour the exhibit at www.watchJerusalem.co.il.