A team of archaeologists digging through a site in Israel has uncovered a two-inch carving of a head that likely depicts a biblical king, although experts aren’t sure which one it is.
The tiny sculpture is around 3,000 years old and dates to the 9th century BC – around the time when Israel was split into two kingdoms. It was found at the biblical site of Abel Beth Maacah -- which is mentioned in the Bible at least three times (1 Kings 15:20, 2 Kings 15:29 and 2 Samuel 20:15) – by teams from Azusa Pacific University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The head is now on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Abel Beth Maacah was at the crossroads of three kingdoms: Israel, Tyre and Aram-Damascus.
“Despite the head’s small and innocuous appearance, it provides us with a unique opportunity to gaze into the eyes of a famous person from the past; a past enshrined in the Book of Ages,” said Robert Mullins, lead archaeologist at the site and a professor at Azusa Pacific. “Given that the head was found in a city that sat on the border of three different ancient kingdoms, we do not know whether it depicts the likes of King Ahab of Israel, King Hazael of Aram-Damascus, or King Ethbaal of Tyre, rulers known from the Bible and other sources. The head represents a royal enigma.”
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