KTF REWIND: Bible shock: How investigator ‘fell off chair’ after 2,000-year-old Messiah tablet find

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A Biblical investigator “almost fell off his chair” when he heard about the discovery of a 2,000-year-old tablet referring to a “three-day resurrection” dating before the death of Jesus Christ.

The central figure to Christianity is believed to be the incarnation of God and the awaited Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament of the Bible. According to the Church, Jesus was born in 4AD and was crucified under the order of Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect, some time between 30AD and 33AD by crucifixion, before rising again through resurrection three days later. However, a discovery found in 2000 shook that belief to the core.

The Gabriel stone, found near the Dead Sea, was a tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew text and contained several prophecies written in first-person.

It dates back as far as the first century BC and biblical investigator Simcha Jacobovici explained why they could be so important during Amazon Prime’s “Decoding the Ancients” series.

He said in 2004: “This is a photograph of a unique and mysterious 2,000-year-old tablet or stone.

“This is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians come to celebrate and commemorate the resurrection of Jesus, three days after the crucifixion.

The discovery dates before the birth of Jesus
The discovery dates before the birth of Jesus. Image copyright: Getty Images

Simcha Jacobovici
Simcha Jacobovici investigated the stone. Image copyright: Amazon

“But, this may shake that up.

“This stone emerged from the antiquities market and, incredibly, the ancient Hebrew text can still, for the most part, be easily read.”

Mr Jacobovici explained the part that interested him the most.

He added: “The key line is this: ‘I Gabriel, command you, the Prince of Princes – in three days – live!

“Now that may sound strange to the modern ear, but when I first heard about it, I almost fell off my chair.

“We are talking about a three-day resurrection – if that is referring to Jesus – this bit of archaeology is the earliest archaeological artefact that refers to him.

“If it predates Jesus, then who is this Christ-like figure that we didn’t know about before?

“Who is this Jesus, before Jesus? And who is Gabriel mentioned on the stone?”

The reference to Gabriel is of obvious interest to biblical scholars as he is the angel mentioned in both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible.

Most scholars have tentatively accepted it to be authentic.

The Bible says Jesus rose from the dead
The Bible says Jesus rose from the dead. Image copyright: Getty Images 
The Gabriel stone seems to say the same thing
The Gabriel stone seems to say the same thing. Image copyright: Getty Images

However, the discovery has caused controversy among scholars due to the interpretation of the context.

Israel Knohl, an expert in Talmudic and biblical language at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, translated line 80 of the inscription as “in three days, live, I Gabriel command you”.

He interpreted this as a command from the angel Gabriel to rise from the dead within three days, and understood the recipient of this command to be Simon of Peraea, a Jewish rebel who was killed by the Romans in 4BC.

In 2008, biblical expert Ada Yardeni was reported to have agreed with Mr Knohl’s reading.

However, other scholars reconstructed the faint writing on the stone as a different word entirely, rejecting Knohl’s reading.

In 2011, Mr Knohl accepted that “sign” is a more probable reading than “live”, although he maintains that “live” is a possible reading.

However, the meaning of the phrase in the currently accepted reading is still unclear. 

Mr Knohl still maintains the historical background of the inscription to be as mentioned above. 

He now views Simon’s death, according to the inscription, as “an essential part of the redemptive process”.

Written by: Callum Hoare

First Published 06.12.19: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1213421/bible-news-jesus-christ-gabriel-tablet-messiah-resurection-jerusalem-god-spt


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One thought on “KTF REWIND: Bible shock: How investigator ‘fell off chair’ after 2,000-year-old Messiah tablet find

  • 25th January 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I am one of the habitant of this earth, not only living on the earth is my happiness, reading lies from people and trying to make them understand that men are the little gods is what people have failed to understand. All this while i was denied the privilage to join people on the media to,suggest and reply as to enlighten some people. I cannot stand on the podium to seaking in the hearing of crowsds but some day the power is not given to me. This day ,the Holy Spirit granted me permition to tell people what they don’t want to know.
    Church, is not of GOD. Bible was written by Queen Victoria for business making money with the blood of black people that was the Jesus, many black people were hung on the trees. Bible means literally i reversing the words and things that white people did to the black people before.
    Should black history began with slavery?
    Does it mean black people had no home before white people came?
    This is what they have to change. The white people are afraid to say that they killed every black person living in the 4 corners of the earth and took their land.
    Do black people know that France were accompanied by the Roman to map and design all the territories of the black people , a huge land from the North to West ,East and South are where the black people were living before white people took them up. Who are living there today? The Chinese, Japanese middel East the called it Asia and added Indian Europea.
    I am saying with assurance that the people they call slaves in America today taken from Africa, were few black people were living in America before Columbo thought of claiming the land as New India.
    Why do white people hide the story and replace it with slavery case?
    How do you think that black people were taken into slavery all over the world even to India Brazil. Don’t we know that there are black in every corners white people claim to be their country. Yoruba people tried to go to Brazil and produce their king because the land belongs to them before the the old Guinea. How can country be new? only white people did it but their own country in old and always good.
    Why are they denying the existence of black people being the first in all zones?
    My Father confirm it as it was written in the bible that where ever the black people were refused, would now be their home. Did you see this in the bible? Check it
    Churches a preaching money taken from the poor therefor have no spritual aides.
    How can bad things be happening in the countries that say they serve the Creator?
    Moreover i wanted to confirm that there was no one call Ham, Ham is a country. Most of the names used in the bible is place e.g, Slamalekut the Musles great welcome.
    Chalum = Shalom the Judisam salute.
    The Old Testament, was written with the Judiam costums the people of Ggadima was abbreviated by the tycoons to GAD so that is would be easy to pronounce. There is also Abidigan abbreviatedis to abjan in the bible capital of Cameroon.
    Anyone reading the new Testament as a black person, his fooling himself. There is reason for earthqake that’s a vioce of war. I make my notes everyday with the word of my Father he does not lie.
    White people, i don’t hate them, i hate their charract using power to stop people they don’t want black people’s progress but with power of the holy Spitit it is Nature to fight them and bring out lands bag. Not all of them are bag eccept having a unique behaviour greed, enviours liars, thieves
    There was nothing like Esau denying his birth right.
    I schoold from the higher authority of the Spiritual teacher, written by John same person the said would come is same the turned to be Emanuel in the Old testament how the it has come the only people that saw and was able to get history of him was white people lie.
    The Creator of the earth, is not alone


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