The Dead Sea Tablet?

The New York Times reports,

A three-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 archaeological 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 re-evaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, since it suggests that the story of his death and resurrection was not unique but 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.

It is written, not engraved, across two neat columns, similar to columns in a Torah. But the stone is broken, and some of the text is faded, meaning that much of what it says is open to debate.

Still, its authenticity has so far faced no challenge, so its role in helping to understand the roots of Christianity in the devastating political crisis faced by the Jews of the time seems likely to increase.

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5 Responses to “The Dead Sea Tablet?”

  1. There is a good chance this stone tablet text is yet another sensationalist scam, as is clearly indicated by the facts (1) that no specific information is available on its provenance and (2) that no details are provided on carbon dating of the ink.

    As such, this “news” falls right in line with the faked Lost-Tomb-of-Jesus “documentary” designed to make a profit off of people’s fascination with the “real” Jesus, and with the larger scandal of the biased and misleading way the Dead Sea scrolls are being presented in museum exhibits around the world. See, e.g.,


    Peter Kaufman · July 6th, 2008 at 4:42 pm
  2. very interesting

    Aryeh · July 6th, 2008 at 7:49 pm
  3. Peter, in the article they mention that the ink has been examined by experts and a complete analysis is due for publication soon.

    themicah · July 7th, 2008 at 9:24 am
  4. Nothing new, the Old Testament (Jewish records) predicted the coming of Jesus, where he would be born, how he would die, hundreds of years before he came. Nonbelievers will twist any new item, every few years, to reinforce their preconceived views at any opportunity.

    Bob · July 10th, 2008 at 5:15 pm
  5. This is one of the many predictions about Jesus also very well stated in The Holy Bible. One more thing I want to say that Belief can’t be enforced. I fully agree with the views of Mr.Bob. GOD Bless All -Anil Williams

    Anil Williams · January 30th, 2009 at 9:52 am

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