A clay seal from the eighth century B.C. that was discovered in a Jerusalem excavation may bear the name of the biblical prophet Isaiah, according to a new article in Biblical Archaeology Review.
In the article, titled “Is This the Prophet Isaiah’s Signature?,” author and archaeologist Eilat Mazar suggests that the ancient Hebrew script impressed into the damaged half-inch oval of clay may have once read “Belonging to Isaiah the prophet.”
Nope. No. Nein. This isn’t how scholarship works and Mazar isn’t acting like a scholar. ‘May have’? How insipidly silly. Rank speculation. Stupidity.
It’s time for scholars to say no to this kind of journalistic sensationalizing.