Friday, 11 July 2008

stm picnic day

late posting. stm had its annual picnic day last monday 7/7/2008 at the sepang gold coast, a new beach resort coming up at bagan lalang.
as usual, we did the usual stuff -

a] gathering together to sing and praise God,

b] enjoy a group game among the tutorial groups (this year was building noah's ark from bits of pieces of stuff and see whose boat could stay afloat and remain dry),

c] the usual beach ball from the diehards (suprisingly, no beach football this year!),

d] and sight-seeing for the rest.

this year, there was also a film director among the students who directed some shooting of the chinese students running and jumping along the beach (much like chariots of fire). maybe for a stm promotional?
frankly, i prefer to see a bunch of wong fei hung's disciples doing their martial arts stuff on the beach to the beat of the movie once upon a time in china's theme song! ta-da..

enjoy the pics. the garden layout of the resort was fabulous. reminds me of shangri-la!

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

dead sea scroll in stone pt 2

following the posting from yesterday about the new dead sea scroll in stone or a.k.a. messiah stone, professor israel knohl from the hebrew university of jerusalem shared on this at the The Dead Sea Scrolls and Contemporary Culture Seminar from 6-8th july 2008 held in jerusalem. below is the link to the seminar and knohl's abstract:

Prof. Israel Knohl, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Gabriel Revelation and the Birth of Christianity

The Gabriel Revelation is an apocalyptic text, inscribed in Hebrew on a stone. It was first published by B. Elitzur and A. Yardeni in April 2007. Dated to the earliest days of the Common Era, it was probably uncovered in Jordan.
The Gabriel Revelation is divided into two parts, each focusing on a different subject.

The first part describes an eschatological war: the nations of the world besiege Jerusalem, and the residents are expelled from the city in groups. This description is followed by a passage in which God sends “my servant David” to ask “Ephraim” – the Messiah Son of Joseph – to deliver a “sign.” From the context, it appears that this sign heralds the coming redemption.

The second part of the Gabriel Revelation focuses on death and resurrection – and the blood of the slain. The last paragraph cites the words of the Archangel Gabriel who commands a person to return to life after three days: “By three days, live.”
In my lecture I will deal with the possible connection between the figure of Ephraim, the Messiah Son of Joseph, and the image of Jesus in the New Testament. I will also explore the possible link between the resurrection “by three days” commanded by Gabriel in the Gabriel Revelation and the resurrection of Jesus “on the third day.”

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

dead sea scroll in stone?

a new dead sea scroll in stone? bar (biblical archaology review) has the article on it. see the link below for links to the article, the hebrew text, and the translation into english:

or just the article here:

what is interesting about the stone is that in lines 19-21 and line 80, it speaks about a messiah who is resurrected. this if true will have some impact on christianity's claim to the uniqueness of the resurrection of jesus. is the idea of a messiah who dies and is resurrected something new and unique to christianity or is the idea already prevalent in judaism?

of course, the provenance of the stone is in doubt. who found it? where was it found? is it part of the dss (dead sea scroll) community? the writing is not inscribed on the stone but written in ink? why? is it meant to an 'inside' monument (3 feet high, 1 foot wide) rather than an 'outside' monument which would be subjected to the eroding effects of the weather? what is the purpose of the author(s) of writing on this stone? or is it another scam? a fake? like the stone ossuary of james, the brother of jesus? there are still many questions to be asked.