Features the first discussion of the recently discovered text ‘The Gabriel Revelation’ – an apocalyptic text written on stone at the turn of the Common Era. This tablet provides revolutionary paths to the understanding of the historical Jesus and the birth of Christianity.
It explores the formation of the conception of “catastrophic messianism” in the Gabriel Revelation. According to this conception, the death of a messianic leader and his resurrection by the angel Gabriel after three days is an essential part of the redemptive process. This conception is a new key which enables us for the first time to understand the messianic vision of the historical Jesus. This important and fascinating book will thus shed new and revolutionary light on our basic view of Christianity.
“Knohl’s convincing reconstruction of the text of new inscriptions opens new ways to understand some seminal elements in early Christianity, and has the promise of a break-through in the history of Jewish and Christian messianism.”