Could it shake your faith in the resurrection?


Time magazine and other media outlets are reporting on a tablet of stone inscribed with ink that might contain a pre-Christian resurrection story.  Or it might not, depending upon what scholar you listen to.  The tablet, called Gabriel’s Revelation by archaeologists, may contain lines that hint that a certain Jew would be killed, but raised on the third day.  Sound familiar?  Anitquities scholars think so, and think that this may be the pre-Christian basis for the resurrection story.

Of course, Christian scholars contend that if the hope of a murdered-yet-resurrected messiah existed in 1st century BC Israel, it only shows that God was preparing the way for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Either way, if the stone is authentic, it could shed new light on the pre-Christian religious environment in Israel.

If the tablet is proven to be authentic, and if it does speak of a person who will be killed and raised on the third day, would this undermine or strengthen faith in the resurrection of Jesus?  Why do you think so?  This is no Davinci Code, but a real piece of history.  Now if scholars can just agree on what it means.

2 thoughts on “Could it shake your faith in the resurrection?”

  1. It wouldn’t affect me in any way. If the stone is authentic, then it means that someone had a clue about all of those Old Testament prophecies that said the Messiah was coming, would die, and would be resurrected. It’s not like there was nothing talking about this before Jesus’ birth.

    It is interesting, though. We’ll see how it unfolds.

  2. Hi
    One may find the following discussion interesting on the issue of Jesus’ death on Cross or his no dying on it
    Scott Thong Says:
    July 11, 08 at vide http://scottthong.wordpress.com/2007/01/17/the-locked-tomb-mystery-whodunit/ and concludes:
    I do not know where you got your information from, but I contend that it is inferior to the logic and proof of my arguments.
    paarsurrey Says: The comment is awaiting moderation.
    July 11, 08 at
    Hi
    I respect your faith.
    I have read the write-up as contained in (http://scottthong.wordpress.com/2007/01/17/the-locked-tomb-mystery-whodunit/) the whole of it. In my opinion there is a difference between a myth and a miracle. One cannot understand a phenomenon fully unless one compares it with others writing on the subject.The PromisedMessiah 1835-1908 has explained it in detail with very sound arguments. Kindly read his book “Jesus in India” , written a hundred years ago and compare it with your views and you will know the truth for sure. It only requires a little research.
    The book “Jesus in India” can be accessed here freely:
    http://www.alislam.org/library/books/jesus-in-india/index.html
    Kindly read the book so that we could discuss it further. There is no harm if other persons reading our posts join in the discussion. Jesus did not die a cursed death on Cross; he was a righteous person, I love him.
    The myth (not the miracle) of Jesus dying on Cross was invented by Paul at Rome, when Jesus was in exile and alive in India. There is no mystery; if there was any, that has been solved by the PromisedMessiah 1835-1908 with a Word of revelation from GodAllahYHWH.
    Thanks
    I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim

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