While scholars debate exactly what it is, a mysterious limestone tablet featuring the name of the archangel Gabriel is the highlight of an exhibit in Jerusalem. The “Gabriel Stone” is believed to have been found near the Dead Sea several years ago and contains 87 lines of an unknown prophetic text that may date back to the first century BC. Scholars see it as a look into the religious ideas circulating in the area about the time Jesus was born. It tells the story of an apocalyptic attack on Jerusalem in which God appears with angels in chariots to save the city. The story is written on the stone, rather than carved into it, and almost half the text is no longer clear. Exhibit curator, Adolfo Roitman says the inscription is one of the oldest referring to the archangel, who also appears in Biblical text to announce the birth of Jesus to Mary, and to give God’s vision to the prophet Daniel. Roitman says, “Gabriel is not archaeology. He is still relevant for millions of people on earth who believe that angels are heavenly beings on earth. He says the stone is “the starting point of an ongoing tradition that is still relevant today.” —Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Mysterious Hebrew stone displayed in Jerusalem, by Daniel Estrin, http://news.yahoo.com/mysterious-hebrew-stone-displayed-jerusalem-161026521.html Accessed, April 30, 2013
Luke 1:19 (ESV) And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.