Gabriel’s Revelation Stone, the greatest archaeological discovery in the Middle
East since the Dead Sea Scrolls, went on public display at the Israel Museum on
The stone is at the center of the “I Am Gabriel”
The 1st-century BCE tablet was found on the eastern shore of
the Dead Sea in 2007. The text is written in ink on stone – an unusual
combination – in the first person by someone who claims to be the Angel Gabriel.
The inscription is a series of conversations with a human to whom the angel
communicates a vision, although much of its 87 lines has been erased over
The main topic is an attack on Jerusalem and the hope that God will
save the city for the sake of his servant, David.
The style is in keeping
with Second Temple period writings, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the later
books of prophets.
The exhibition includes rare, ancient
These writings trace the development of the figure of the
Angel Gabriel in early rabbinic Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The works
include the “War Scroll” – a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered at
Qumran in 1947, the Book of Daniel from the 13th-century Damascus Codex of the
Hebrew Bible, the Gospel of Luke from a rare 10th-century Latin manuscript of
the Four Gospels from France and a Koran from Iran from either the 15th or the
Also on display are prayer books from the three monotheistic
religions that contain illustrations of the Angel Gabriel.The “I Am
Gabriel” exhibition will run through February 11, 2014.