Israel Knohl, the Biblical scholar whose book, The Messiah Before Jesus (2002), seems to anticipate the discovery of the recent “Gabriel Revelation” stone tablet, has an important essay on the discovery in the Journal of Religion.
Knohl calls the tablet Hazon Gabriel (the Vision of Gabriel)—so if I post about this in the future, that’s what I’ll call it.
Here’s Knohl’s quote on the significance of the Hazon Gabriel:
Ada Yardeni and Binyamin Elitzur published in 2007 (“Document: A First-Century BCE Prophetic Text Written on a Stone: First Publication,” Cathedra 123, in Hebrew) a fascinating text of an apocalypse transmitted by the angel Gabriel, that they suggest calling “Hazon Gabriel” (the Vision of Gabriel).Based on its linguistic features, they date the text, written in Hebrew on stone, to the late first century BCE. This suggestion is corroborated by the paleographic evidence which points to the late first century BCE or the early first century CE.Hazon Gabriel confirms my thesis that the belief in a slain and resurrected messiah existed prior to the messianic activity of Jesus. The publication of this text is extraordinarily important. It is a discovery that calls for a complete reassessment of all previous scholarship on the subject of messianism, Jewish and Christian alike.
To read the Journal of Religion article by Knohl, click here: http://www.hartman.org.il/SHInews_View_Eng.asp?Article_Id=124