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

image (Photo: Dominic Buettner for The New York Times)

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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Merry Christmas! May God Bless You and Yours This Christmas.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY:

The Christmas story is found in Matthew (1:18-2:18) and in Luke (1:26-56, 2:1-40). However, Isaiah should never be ignored:

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Is. 7:14)

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Is. 9:6)

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