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Messiahs and Resurrection in The Gabriel Revelation by Israel Knohl

Messiahs and Resurrection in The Gabriel Revelation

Part of the The Robert and Arlene Kogod Library of Judaic Studies Series


Messiahs and Resurrection in The Gabriel Revelation by Israel Knohl

This work offers an exploration of the formation of the conception of 'catastrophic messianism' in the Gabriel Revelation. It 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. The Robert and Arlene Kogod Library of Judaic Studies publishes new research which provides new directions for modern Jewish thought and life and which serves to enhance the quality of dialogue between classical sources and the modern world. This book series reflects the mission of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a pluralistic research and leadership institute, at the forefront of Jewish thought and education. It empowers scholars, rabbis, educators and layleaders to develop new and diverse voices within the tradition, laying foundations for the future of Jewish life in Israel and around the world.


Review in Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol.25, no.2, 2010. '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.
Professor Moshe Idel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

About the Author

Israel Knohl is Yhezkel Kaufmann Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Israel.

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Publication date

7th May 2009


Israel Knohl

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


144 pages


Judaism: sacred texts
Judaism: theology



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