April DeConick on Gabriel’s Revelation

This pertains to the ignorant media hysteria over the Gabriel inscription (blogged about earlier).  April DeConcick of Rice University has questions.  She is correct in that the 2nd temple texts cited by Israel Knohl may have been revised by Christians, and therefore do not constitute pre-NT literary evidence for the idea of a resurrected messiah.  What she doesn’t tell you is that it’s quite difficult to know for sure where there is Christian revision (“interpolation” is the academic word for it). Many scholars simply ASSUME that anything that sounds Christian that is pre-NT MUST be an interpolation.  That isn’t a sound approach. Still, it’s worth reading what April has here.

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