The Gabriel Stone

The Gabriel Stone

In 2000, mysterious stone tablet with Hebrew calligraphy done in ink, was discovered on east banks of the Dead Sea.  A controversy with implications of Biblical proportions has risen from various interpretations of the stone’s text.  “The Gabriel Stone made a splash in 2008 when Israeli Bible scholar Israel Knohl offered a daring theory that the stone’s faded writing would revolutionize the understanding of early Christianity, claiming it included a concept of messianic resurrection that predated Jesus. He based his theory on one hazy line, translating it as ‘in three days you shall live,'”  as described in article, Mysterious ‘Gabriel Stone’ displayed in Jerusalem exhibit.” “Bible experts are still debating the writing’s meaning, largely because much of the ink has eroded in crucial spots in the passage and the tablet has two diagonal cracks the slice the text into three pieces. Museum curators say only 40 percent of the 87 lines are legible, many of those only barely. The interpretation of the text featured in the Israel Museum’s exhibit is just one of five readings put forth by scholars. All agree that the passage describes an apocalyptic vision of an attack on Jerusalem in which God appears with angels on chariots to save the city. The central angelic character is Gabriel, the first angel to appear in the Hebrew Bible. ‘I am Gabriel,’ the writing declares.” You can listen to discussion of messianism and revelations from Angel Gabriel contained on stone tablet with George Noory and Dr Kenneth Hanson here. Are there two Messiahs – a priestly and a Davidic Messiah as Knohl suggests?