Questions about a seal like the Rephaihu (ben) Shalem seal
- Has anyone else noticed the similarity in design (and perhaps lettering)
to the recently discovered Rephaihu (ben) Shalem seal of a seal pictured
among others from the Israel Museum in the just-published BAR (March/April
2008, p. 35), but without a branch/frond/tree as at the end of
The BAR seal is at the upper right of the picture, just under a possibly
similar but smaller green seal.
The picture can be seen on-line in the free current issue of BAR at
http://www.bib-arch.org/bswb_BAR/indexBAR.asp by clicking on the "Fit for a
Queen: Jezebel's Royal Seal" article and scrolling down until the picture is
reached. However, the on-line picture is much smaller than the printed
picture and the words on the seal cannot be made out. The article's URL is
The first line of the BAR seal, the picture of which is small, appears
to begin with L'LYQM (leElyakim). The second line is difficult to read but
appears to begin with an ayin (eved?) and the fourth letter is an aleph.
Does anyone know the provenance of the seal, its approximate date, what
it actually says, and where it has been published? And would anyone care to
comment on its possible connection to the Rephaihu (ben) Shalem seal?
Joseph I. Lauer
Brooklyn, New York