Professor Meyer said: “The discovery of objects bearing the names of Gemariah and Baruch are just two examples from over 100 cases where archaeologists have found the very name of a person mentioned in the Bible written upon an object buried in the sands of time.
“The discoveries of these artefacts mentioning lesser-known Bible characters demonstrate that these people really did exist, and the events surrounding their lives, in this instance the destruction of Jerusalem by fire in 586 BC, really did occur.”
There has, however, been some controversy surrounding the Baruch seals and their identity has been disputed.
A 2016 article published by The Israel Exploration Society determined the seal used to make the Baruch bullae was a modern forgery.
Author Christopher Rollston wrote: “The seal used to make the Baruch Bullae is actually a modern forgery; therefore, the Baruch Bullae are modern forgeries as well.”
Namely, the expert said the forger failed to properly position the Hebrew letters on the seal, as they likely relied on script charts and missed all the nuances of a genuine seal.