“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up.” Karol Cardinal Wotyla (Sept. 1976)

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Missing Link Between Judaism and Jesus

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.

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