Messiah Stone Scrutinized

Media attention has recently spotlighted a sensational interpretation of what has been dubbed “Gabriel‟s Vision” and “a Dead Sea Scroll on stone.” Israel Knohl, Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, claims that the 87-line Hebrew inscription, which has been dated by Ada Yardeni and Binyamin Elitzur to the late first century B.C.,reflects a pre-Christian, Jewish belief in a messiah who would die, rise again after three days, and be exalted to heaven.

October 31, 2008