Mysterious Hebrew stone displayed in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - An ancient limestone tablet covered with a mysterious Hebrew text that features the archangel Gabriel is at the center of a new exhibit in Jerusalem, even as scholars continue to argue about what it means.
  
The so-called Gabriel Stone, a three-foot-tall tablet said to have been found 13 years ago on the banks of the Dead Sea, features 87 lines of an unknown prophetic text dated as early as the first century BC, at the time of the Second Jewish Temple.
  
Scholars see it as a portal into the religious ideas circulating in the Holy Land in the era when was Jesus was born.
  
Museum curators say only 40 percent of the 87 lines are legible, many of those only barely.
  
Scholars agree that the passage describes a vision of an attack on Jerusalem in which God appears with angels on chariots to save the city. The central angelic character is depicted as saying, "I am Gabriel."
 

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