Uncovering Biblical King Jeroboam II
King Jereboam II was confirmed as being an historical personality this past week as his name is mentioned on a recently authenticated seal impression. Known as a bulla, the seal impression from 2,800 years ago bears the name of Shema, servant/minister of Jeroboam. The bulla mentioning Jeroboam II highlights the reign of one of the most enigmatic figures in biblical history. Although numbered among the wicked kings of the northern tribes of Israel, Jeroboam II’s history and archaeology bear out that his reign underscored a massive resurgence in the ancient Israelite state. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses details about the newly authenticated bulla, as well the larger context of Jeroboam’s reign. He also compares the reign of the ancient king to the leader of the United States, President Donald Trump.