Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection

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— 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.

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Randll Reese Besch - 7/9/2008

Wasn't there already stories of a Messiah to come that will resurrect from the dead in the old testament? Isn't that what is so touted by the true believers? Doesn't prophecy lay the ground work for those to come and work to fulfill it?