1st Century BC: A Dead Sea Stone Tablet About a Messiah Who Dies and is Resurrected?

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According to a NY Times story, several Israeli scholars contend that an ancient tablet found near the Dead Sea, dated from the 1st century B.C., talks about a Messiah who would die and 3 days later be resurrected. <<<Read my complete article about the tablet posted on the Apologetica blog>>>

I had initially read about this discovery in a recent copy of BAR (Biblical Archeology Review) magazine. I really did expect this to come out around Easter time like most artifacts which might cause controversy or somehow be reported (read: slanted) as presenting problems for traditional Christianity.

This really is a minor discovery, yet it caused me to consider all of the other important archeological finds that have been made during my own lifetime. Starting with the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi documents, the Ebla tablets, and hundreds of other artifacts. All of which have ended up supporting the Bible in some form or another, and have given us a better and fuller understanding of the ancient cultures of the Old and New Testaments and the Bible texts themselves.

Can it be just a case of random luck that the greatest archeological discoveries supporting the Bible have all been found in the last sixty years?  No, I don’t believe so!

I actually believe that God protected many of these artifacts, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is a matter of God’s own timing. Not only that, I do believe that there is even more to be come.            *Top

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3 Responses to 1st Century BC: A Dead Sea Stone Tablet About a Messiah Who Dies and is Resurrected?

  1. Dear Mr Davis,

    I wonder if you have heard anything regarding the discovery of certain documents in Jordan?

    Also, I have read that the Ark of The Covenant of God is under The Temple Mount in Jerusalem where it has been for some time now.



  2. Thanks for visiting John.
    Actually this stone was from Jordan and all the rest of the Dead Sea discoveries.

    We really don’t know where the Ark actually is. It is mere speculation that it could be under the Temple Mount. It is however a possibility.

    Currently the Muslims get really upset and usually end up rioting when the Israelis attempt to do explorations by digging caves under the Mount.

    I do believe that there is probably some good stuff under there.

  3. Peter Kaufman

    I would submit that this “ancient tablet” is probably another sensationalist scam, as is clearly suggested by the facts

    (1) that no specific information is available on its provenance (“probably found near the Dead Sea” doesn’t quite do it for me); and

    (2) that no details are provided on carbon dating of the ink or analysis of the stone.

    As such, this “news” brings to mind the faked Lost-Tomb-of-Jesus “documentary” designed to financially profit from people’s fascination with the “real” Jesus, as well as the larger scandal of the biased and misleading way the Dead Sea scrolls are being presented in museum exhibits around the world, with an antisemitic nuance emerging on a government-run North Carolina museum’s website. See, e.g.,

    http://spinozaslens.com/libet/articles/dworkin_ethicsofexhibition.htm (article critical of exhibits)


    http://blog.news-record.com/staff/frontpew/archives/2008/06/dead_sea_scroll.shtml (discussion and further links)

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