Look at this absurd headline: ‘Netanyahu’ Seal From Eighth Century B.C. Found
Well that’s just incorrect isn’t it. The seal doesn’t bear a ‘Nun’ it bears a ‘Mem’. It doesn’t say ‘Netanyahu’ it says “Metanyahu’. To be sure, these are similar words and they carry the same intent and meaning- but one is what’s actually found on the seal and the other is a blatant attempt to say something the seal doesn’t.
And then doth the writer write
A 2,700-year-old seal bearing a name similar to Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been unearthed near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.
‘Similar to’ is correct- so why doesn’t the headline say that? Because the headline wants to misrepresent what the seal actually says and for some reason ‘contemporize’ it. I suppose that’s what sells and that, at the end of the day, is always Discovery’s motive.
Found within the remains of a building dating to the First Temple period –- between the end of the eighth century B.C. and 586 B.C. — the seal is made of a semiprecious stone.
So, again, why does the headline say ‘8th century’ when that’s merely one end of the age range? Because Discovery likes to hook folk in with half-truths. Now that they have the reader’s attention they may or may not get the facts right. Unfortunately lots of dilettantes will see the headline and never notice the contents of the ‘report’. And they’ll run around saying ‘Netanyahu was found on an 8th century seal!’ Neither of which is true.
According to the ancient Hebrew inscription, it belonged to Matanyahu, who was the son of a man whose name started with the letters “Ho” : ”Lematanyahu Ben Ho … “ (meaning: “Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho …”). Unfortunately, the rest of the inscription is erased.
And unfortunately, Discovery is more interested in sensationalistic headlines than factual ones.
- Metanyahu ben Ho: How Will This Button Be Made into a Suit? (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
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