Israeli newspaper Haaretz had an incredible article in July focusing on a recently discovered limestone tablet written in Hebrew a century before the birth of Christ. Israel Knohl, a professor of Bible studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, translated the tablet known as "Gabriel's Tablet" because much of its text deals with a vision of the apocalypse transmitted by the angel Gabriel:
"[Professor Knowl] identified [within the writing] a previously unrecognized Jewish notion that the blood of the messiah is necessary in order to bring about national redemption. The idea of a tortured messiah who was resurrected three days after his death was adopted by Judaism before the birth of Jesus. The main ideas of the Jesus myth existed in Judaism,"
"The text changes the way we look at the historical Jesus, and provides a missing link connecting Judaism and Christianity,"
So a century before the birth of a babe in a stable, the Jewish community was aware of a suffering Messiah who would be resurrected three days after his death. I have chills.