A new study by Zachi Dvira and Dr. Gabriel Barkay published in the Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology analyzes two groups of bullae – from the Temple Mount Sifting Project and from the Ophel excavations – and conclude that there were two treasuries in Jerusalem: a royal treasury and the Temple treasury. The telltale sign they discovered was the impression of woven fabric that appeared on the back of some of the bullae (clay seal impressions). The authors believe this indicates they were attached to small bags containing silver or to fabric that covered ceramic jars used to store produce. One particular bulla discovered near the Temple Mount bears the inscription, “Hisilyahu son of Immer,” who may have been related to Pashur son of Immer (Jer. 20:1), and who may have overseen the Temple treasury. The authors also argue that the Royal Building excavated near the Ophel housed the royal treasury in the late 8th century BC.
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