This seal illustrates the sometimes ornamental aspect of ancient Hebrew seals. The stylized gazelles would differentiate this seal from any owned by another Hebrew of the same name. They also ornament the seal pleasantly. The signet ring that made this impression would have been appealing as jewelry in addition to its primary function of validation and identification. The signet belonged to Nethaniah (“Given by Yah”), son of Obadiah (“Serving Yah”). The Bible mentions four Nethaniahs, none listed as the son of any of the 13 named Obadiahs.
1 Kgs 18:3, Neh 9:38, Esth 8:8–10, Jer 32:10–11, Jer 36:14, Rev 5:1