I won’t be blogging for the next week unless the auto-bookmarking thing puts up another post. In the meantime here’s some dead philosophers.
There’s a 1st century BC tablet which has been found predicting a Messiah that will rise after three days. I can’t really see this shaking Christianity by connecting it to Judaism. The whole concept of a Messiah is Jewish. It’s not like Judea was short of Messiahs in this period. As for prophecies Matthew is known to have drawn on Jewish prophecies for his gospel, hence the whole being born in Bethlehem thing. It is of historical interest though. It seems like a messiah prophecy we didn’t know about before. That could have told us more about the development of Christianity.
Sadly it can’t tell us a lot, because the material is unprovenanced. Anyone who’s Christian has had information about tablet of importance to their faith trashed and it’s information which cannot be replaced. It’s been compared to finding the Dead Sea Scrolls.* It’s not like finding the Dead Sea Scrolls. It’s like burning them unread and sifting through the ashes to see what you can make out.
However as long as there’s a market for unprovenanced and illicit antiquities there’ll be a profit to be made from other people’s beliefs.
*Actually in some ways it is. An awful loot of information about them has been lost too due to the trade in unprovenance antiquities.
People evicted from the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and their families are asking for more say in how the past of the site is presented.
The news story @ The Courier-Journal
The Official site @ The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
The Friends of LBL @ their website
As you can see I’m sceptical. I would read the PNAS paper this is derived from — except I’ve never been able to find a PNAS paper when it’s mentioned as an early release press story. PNAS does nothing to help find them.