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He took away the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun at the entrance of the house of Yahweh, by the room of Nathan-Melech the court officer that was in the suburbs, and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire. Bible

“Nathan-Melech.” The name Nathan-Melech appears only here in the Bible. It was announced in March of 2019 that a clay bulla (the impression in clay made by a stamp-seal) was found in the City of David inside the remains of a public building that had been destroyed in the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. The clay bulla read, “[Belonging to] Nathan-Melech, servant of the king,” and it was written in ancient Hebrew script. While it is impossible to conclude that the Nathan-Melech of the seal was the same Nathan-Melech in the Bible, the dating and location of the find, and the status of the person himself, establish at least a very good possibility.


Commentary for: 2 Kings 23:11