This could be shocking to people who believe the Bible is an original story and is not simply a collection of recycled myths from other faiths of the time.
The New York Times is reporting on a recently found tablet that dates back decades before the birth of Christ:
A three-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it may speak of a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days.
If such a messianic description really is there, it will contribute to a developing re-evaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, since it suggests that the story of his death and resurrection was not unique but part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.
The tablet, probably found near the Dead Sea in Jordan according to some scholars who have studied it, is a rare example of a stone with ink writings from that era — in essence, a Dead Sea Scroll on stone.
The article notes it will still take time for the tablet to be verified or debunked as a forgery.
There’s also a lot of disputable “filling in the blanks” taking place where parts of the writing are illegible.
“This should shake our basic view of Christianity,” [Bible Studies professor Israel Knohl] said… “Resurrection after three days becomes a motif developed before Jesus, which runs contrary to nearly all scholarship. What happens in the New Testament was adopted by Jesus and his followers based on an earlier messiah story.”
I’m curious if it would shake — or even nudge — any religious person’s faith if it were discovered that the writing was accurate and these traditions/beliefs were around long before Jesus.
For some reason, I highly doubt it.