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Israel puts Archangel Gabriel stone on display in Jerusalem

By Mason White 5:55 PM May 5, 2013
The Gabriel tablet 

By: John Roberts
A stone tablet, allegedly referencing the Archangel Gabriel, was put on display in Jerusalem, Israel.

The old limestone tablet which covered with a mysterious Hebrew text and has the name of Archangel Gabriel, is now located in the center of a new exhibition in Jerusalem, although scholars continue to argue about what it means.

The so called “Gabriel Stone”, measures three feet high, and is said to have been found 13 years ago on the shores of the Dead Sea. It also contains 87 lines of text dated in the first century BC, at the time of the Second Jewish Temple.

Scholars see it as a portal to religious ideas circulating in the Holy Land at the time when Jesus was born. Its shape is also unique, as well as the ink written on stone, instead of being carved. No other religious text written with ink on stone has been found in the region.

Curators at the Israel Museum, where the first exhibition devoted to the stone is opening on Wednesday, said it is the most important document that was found in the area since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

“The Gabriel Stone is like a Dead Sea Scroll in stone,” James Snyder, director of the Israel Museum said. The dates of the writing is from the same period, and uses the same Hebrew script calligraphic, as some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of surviving manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible from the Second Temple era.

“I will definitely head over to the Israel Museum to check out the tablet, as it is just fascinating to be able to look at a tablet that was written more than 2,000 years ago, no matter who wrote it,” David Byers, 48, of Jerusalem, Israel told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the Gabriel Tablet.