Hazon Gabriel

New Readings of the Gabriel Revelation


Editor: Matthias Henze
Since its rediscovery a decade ago, the Hazon Gabriel or Gabriel Revelation, a Hebrew inscription of the first century B.C.E., has attracted considerable attention. The inscription, of which about 87 lines are preserved, written in black ink on a slab of gray limestone, has been compared to the Dead Sea Scrolls. This book makes accessible in one place all existing editions of the Hazon Gabriel together with annotated English translations and offers initial interpretations of the text as a whole, its language, and its most prominent motifs. The volume, originating from a 2009 conference at Rice University, compares the Gabriel Revelation to other literature of the time—the book of Daniel, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the New Testament in particular—to determine its place in early Judaism. The contributors are David Jeselsohn, Ada Yardeni and Binyamin Elizur, Elisha Qimron and Alexey (Eliyahu) Yuditsky, Israel Knohl, Gary A. Rendsburg, Adela Yarbro Collins, John J. Collins, Matthias Henze, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Daewoong Kim, and David Capes.

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Matthias Henze is Watt J. and Lilly G. Jackson Chair in Biblical Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is the author of The Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel: Introduction, Text, and Commentary (Mohr Siebeck, 2001) and Jewish Apocalypticism in First Century Israel: Reading Second Baruch in Context (Mohr Siebeck, 2011) and the editor of Biblical Interpretation at Qumran (Eerdmans, 2005).
1. The Jeselsohn Stone: Discovery and Publication David Jeselsohn 2. A Hebrew Prophetic Text on Stone from the Early Herodian Period: A Preliminary Report Ada Yardeni and Binyamin Elizur 3. Notes on the So-Called Gabriel Vision Inscription Elisha Qimron and Alexey (Eliyahu) Yuditsky 4. The Apocalyptic and Messianic Dimensions of the Gabriel Revelation in Their Historical Context Israel Knohl 5. Hazon Gabriel: A Grammatical Sketch Gary A. Rendsburg 6. Response to Israel Knohl, Messiahs and Resurrection in “The Gabriel Revelation” Adela Yarbro Collins 7. Gabriel and David: Some Reflections on an Enigmatic Text John J. Collins 8. Some Observations on the Hazon Gabriel Matthias Henze 9. Hosts, Holy Ones, and the Words of Gabriel: The Angelology of Hazon Gabriel in the Context of Second Temple and Late Antique Literature Kelley Coblentz Bautch 10. The Use of Daniel in the Gabriel Revelation Daewoong Kim 11. “Jerusalem” in the Gabriel Revelation and the Revelation of John David Capes Bibliography Photographs of Hazon Gabriel. Contributors Index of Passages Index of Names and Subjects Index of Authors