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Ancient Signatures

How did the ancient world sign important documents before pen and paper?

Ancient Signatures

How did the ancient world sign important documents before pen and paper?

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In the times of the Bible, documents like peace treaties, sale of land certificates, business transactions, adoptions, marriages and the like were authenticated using the ancient version of the signature: a seal. Ancient seals as we know them came in two forms: (1) the signet
Historical Tour of Mizpah

Exploring history, archaeology and Scripture about this Biblically significant location.

Historical Tour of Mizpah

Exploring history, archaeology and Scripture about this Biblically significant location.

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In Hebrew, the place name “Mizpah" means “watchtower”. With this meaning in mind, then, it’s not surprising that there were a few Biblical locations named this. First, Mizpah was used as another name for the pile of stones set up by Jacob and Laban in
586 BC: The Fall of Jerusalem

A quick overview of how the capital city of southern Judah was conquered by the Babylonians

586 BC: The Fall of Jerusalem

A quick overview of how the capital city of southern Judah was conquered by the Babylonians

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In 586 BC the Babylonian military, led by King Nebuchadnezzar, succeeded in breaking a two-year-long siege and destroyed much of the city of Jerusalem; her walls, palaces, and most devastatingly, the Temple of Solomon. Nebuchadnezzar was continuing his mission to secure and grow the resurrected