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New Tablet Suggests Christ Wasn't Alone in Resurrection

New Tablet Suggests Christ Wasn't Alone in Resurrection

A three-foot tall tablet tells the story, in Hebrew, of a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days. That sounds familiar, right? Well, the messiah mentioned, isn't Jesus. David Jeselsohn, an antiquities expert innocently purchased what looked like an ancient stone with centuries old Hebrew script — until one day a friend visited. This friend just happened to be an Israeli scholar who read the stone and came to the conclusion that the stone may hold another important key to the history of Christianity.

The stone, which was discovered nearly a decade ago, seems to point to a commander in Herod’s army named Simon who was believed to have been resurrected three days after being slain — suggesting that the story of his death and resurrection was not unique to Jesus Christ, but part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.

A professor of Talmudic culture says the tablet is causing a stir. To see how,


He says, "Some Christians will find it shocking — a challenge to the uniqueness of their theology — while others will be comforted by the idea of it being a traditional part of Judaism." It's controversial of course; one scholar believes the tablet just propaganda from Simon’s followers. Another believes the Hebrew is too open to interpretation. “I understand tendency to find there keys to the pre-Christian period, but in two to three crucial lines of text there are a lot of missing words.”

The real crux of the debate however, is a historically religious and philosophical one. A self-sacrificing messiah has no precedent in Jewish culture up to that time, instead modeling their savior upon the lustful conqueror, David. In any case, it seems as though the concept of their messiah suffering and dying began during this crucial era as an important step towards a Jewish state free from Rome.

If resurrection, or resurrection stories, aren't unique to Jesus Christ, does this pose a problem to the foundation of Christianity?


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Matamoros Matamoros 8 years
Hmmm... someone saying we don't know a lot about what happened 2000 years ago? Okay. I'll buy it. A lot of people don't know that Jesus Christ was in fact a Jewish Rabbi and as such was required to be married by Rabbinical Law. Unmarried men were not allowed to be Rabbis. He was certainly no exception. It is suspected that Mary Magdalene was his wife, but who really knows.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Hypno - Yeah, We got that to get rid of the seals. I probably should just clean the pool.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
lukal, don't forget this: "And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils..." Exodus, 9:11. Which is why I use Boyd's Boil Cream. Gets rid of unsightly boils before the leader of your tribe spots them!
lukal lukal 9 years
The exact meaning of Theology is "the study of God." It is not the study of "theories." Go to your Greek.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
you know, it's really interesting to see the debates that crop up every time something new is discovered. i think that theology is just that - the study of theories - and without actually knowing the full context, it's open to interpretation. i think that people believe what they want to believe to justify their thoughts and actions. being jewish - i guess that this falls in line with a lot of what we've lived by for centuries, however for other religions - this could contest the foundations of their belief system. we'll just have to wait and listen more to the debates, since scholars from all over are bound to talk about this for a while.
lukal lukal 9 years
Jesus Christ is God's Son who came to save all of us from Hell and give us the Promise of Eternal Life. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! John 3:16
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
UnDave are you aware that there is an Orca in the pool with your children?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It's been said before, so I'll just post for the points... ;)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Careful Rac I could wave my fairy God mother wand curse to a death by a thousand musicals.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
This does not affect my belief in Gorgoth, the 12,000 year old demon God who predates all your puny idols. Who can cover the sun with his wings. Who can bench press 300 metric tons. AND who can rock so strong and so hard with his seventeen string guitar that you shall all know and understand what it is to have your head implode with a head banging Heavy Metal thunderquake! It's a Metal Hell that will drive you mad! :kool:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Well put, Hypno.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I agree with everyone else.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
First of all this is admittedly one interpretation that can be taken from the ancient text and theologians and archeologists are not even close to coming to a common agreement on the matter. When all is said and done however and it is agreed that there was an other. What validity does that take away from Jesus of Nazareth? IMO none. His teachings, his impact, his wisdom and basic truths about human nature and our consciousness that transcend religion and millennia still hold true. The post apostolic church may suffer a modern day image problem as a result but I don't think the Prince of Peace will be tarnished in the least.
em1282 em1282 9 years
Yeah...I agree with y'all. Plus I don't really know how much people pride themselves on the originality of their religions...
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
"If resurrection, or resurrection stories, aren't unique to Jesus Christ, does this pose a problem to the foundation of Christianity?" The basic points of the Jesus-Christ-as-Messiah story--including the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection--aren't unique to the Jesus story in the first place, but had appeared in savior/messiah-type mythology long before the advent of Christianity, and haven't posed any problem to the Christian faith thus far, so I don't see why this would.
misogi misogi 9 years
And syako has a good point...but thank goodness I'm more of a deist than anything.
misogi misogi 9 years
Ooooh, this is interesting. :)
syako syako 9 years
considering the foundation to any religion is FAITH in the unknown then I'd say the answer to your question is a capital N.O.
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