Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Ancient Tablet on Messiah and Resurrection Commentary

This is the age of revelations with new finds beyond the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hammadi Library, The Book of Judas, the DaVinci Code, which caused such a furor and made money for those authors of the multudious books that popped up like weeds. We have also had the supposedly find of the tomb of Jesus and now is perhaps challenged as being false. There is also an interesting new documentary titled Bloodline.
Now, we have a big stone with faint Hebrew writings that is making headlines. I have done extensive research on the hidden history of the Bible and my findings indicate to me that history is very fluid. It is similar to a meandering stream of water with now then some of the water branches off while the main continues on. There are many offshoots of history and these are what we have been led to accept and believe as factual.

I have ceased to be surprised with the latest being a three-foot-tall stone tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew. According to a New York Times article titled Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection by Ethan Bronner, the stone was discovered ten years ago by an Israeli Jordanian antiquities dealer who sold the tablet to an Israeli-Swiss collector. I find it interesting that these kind of discoveries do not reach the public for a number of years.

Supposedly the writing on the stone tablet refers to a messiah who will die and be resurrected in three days and this event mentioned on the tablet was created before the birth of Jesus. The article in the New York Times quotes Israel Knohl, a professor at Tel Aviv University as saying, His (Jesus) mission is that he has to be put to death by the Romans to suffer so his blood will be the sign for redemption to come. This is the sign of the son of Joseph. This is the conscious view of Jesus himself. This gives the Last Supper an absolutely different meaning. To shed blood is not for the sins of the people but to bring redemption to Israel. Knohl is both right and wrong. Jesus certainly did not shed blood for the sins of people, nor did he die to bring redemption to Israel, but it can bring a new meaning to the Last Supper for those who have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.

If we reason this, Jesus cannot be the only son of God. If this were so, then we must be the orphans of the universe. Christians, Jews and Muslims are not the totality of the world population. Each of us is a daughter or son of the Creator. The important thing is that we have forgotten and some have gone off on a tangent. The Jews were not persecuted by Christians for the death of Jesus until after the Council of Nicea in 325 CE.

Some scholars believe the 87 lines of Hebrew on the stone dates from only decades before the birth of Jesus and others who have studied it believe it is a rare example of a stone with ink writings in 1 BC. Man-made ink originated 4500 years ago and the inks were made from animal or vegetable charcoal (lampblack) mixed with glue. I am suspect of ink writing that is on an aged stone would last that long, but anything is possible.

There are so many assumptions about Jesus. There are those who claim he never lived and was a myth created. Others say he was born in Great Britain, or left Jerusalem and went to Britain where he married and had children. There is also a faction who allege he went to France with Mary Magdalene and yet others claim he went to India. So, who was Jesus and what was his purpose?

Jesus was a great initiate of the ancient schools of wisdom. He came in with a message that is an ancient message. How many people do you think live those teachings? How many priests, preachers, pastors teach their congregations to live what Jesus taught? Very, very few. The messages perpetuated by religions enslaves people's minds and keep them in bondage to whatever church they belong to. In order to keep them in line, the Devil was introduced. The Satan being what Churches do not want their congregation to understand and believe. Isn't it time for us to think for ourselves and to realize that it does not matter if there was a Jesus who lived and died. What is important is the message he brought and one can find that in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew, chapters 5, 6, 7. There are some who will bring up the Ten Commandments. Those commandments originated in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. History is indeed fluid and changes according to who is writing history.

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