|This diagram shows the natural topography of the |
ancient city of Salem occupied by the
Jebusites in 1000 BC when Israel's King David took it from them.
David took up residence in the Jebusite
fortress located in the north part of this 10 acre city
|This photo was taken in 2010 from the south of the ancient city of Salem |
(Jebusites) or Jerusalem (Israel) which is known today as the old City of David where
the current Palestinian village of Silwan sets. This photo is labeled with
the same natural land marks as the diagram above.
|The royal palace of the kings of Judah was located in the |
north portion of the city of Jerusalem (City of David)
next to the northern wall of the city.
|Photo I took in 2007 before the royal palace was open to the public|
and a year beforethe Gedaliah bulla was found just a few yards
away outside the palace. The Jehuchal
bulla was found here in this palace in 2005.
|This is the "stepped stone structure" or the terrace called "millo" in the Old Testament.|
This retaining wall supported the royal palace complex above. It was at the base of this
terrace that the Gedaliah bulla was found.
"belonging to Jehucal son of Shelemiah son of Shovi."
"Gedaliah son of Pashur"
1 Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah was telling all the people when he said, 2 "This is what the LORD says: 'Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes over to the Babylonians will live. He will escape with his life; he will live.' 3 And this is what the LORD says: 'This city will certainly be handed over to the army of the king of Babylon, who will capture it.' " 4 Then the officials said to the king, "This man should be put to death. He is discouraging the soldiers who are left in this city, as well as all the people, by the things he is saying to them. This man is not seeking the good of these people but their ruin." 5 "He is in your hands," King Zedekiah answered. "The king can do nothing to oppose you." 6 So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king's son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud. 7 But Ebed-Melech, a Cushite, an official in the royal palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. While the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate,
|Inside the royal palace of the kings of Judah|
|It was in this royal palace that King Zedekiah's royal officer's seal impression was found in a |
clay seal (bulla).The officer's name and his father's name ( Jehucal son of Shelemiah)
found on the seal agreewith Jeremiah 38:1 which lists himalong with his father's name as
being one of four royal officers who tried to kill Jeremiah by
placing him in a cistern.
|Looking from the royal palace into the Kidron Valley|