The discovery of a three-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew is causing a controversy. The tablet speaks of a messiah rising from the dead after three days. That would seem to confirm the account of Jesus’ resurrection except for the fact that the tablet was written decades before his birth. It is likely to trigger quite a debate among the entire religious and non-religious communities. Given today’s other entry on the survey of intellectuals on religion, here, this should make for some interesting debates.
The tablets raise the question of whether the account of Jesus rising was the recitation of a common Jewish belief. Such importation of traditions and beliefs from other religions has long been cited by scholars like Bertrand Russell and others.
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