Ancient Hebrew tablet sparks debate on Messiah

JERUSALEM – A 3-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archeological circles, especially because it may speak of a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days.

If such a messianic description really is there, it will contribute to a developing reevaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, because it suggests that the story of his death and resurrection was part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.

The tablet – probably found near the Dead Sea in Jordan, according to some scholars who have studied it – is a rare example of a stone with ink writings from that era – in essence, a Dead Sea Scroll on stone.

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  1. wont this be exciting if it can be proven to be real. i guess they have some really good fakes out there and even the experts have a hard time telling the real from the fake. anne

  2. It will be interesting to see what findings come out from the debate concerning the dead sea scroll and if the date can be determined. The belief of a messiah to come, cioupled with the belief in the resurrection at that time is surprising.
    (Isaiah 53) clearly attests to the sufferings of the Lord.
    In (Revelation 1:17-18) God, clearly speaking about His life and death, “I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.” What further evidence is needed???
    The Resurrection is the real deal. All eyes now open please.

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