A recently unearthed tablet is apparently causing a stir in certain circles as it discusses a messianic resurrection story that pre-dates Jesus:

If such a messianic description really is there, it will contribute to a developing re-evaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, since it suggests that the story of his death and resurrection was not unique but part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.

Aside from actually reading the Bible, I wouldn’t deign to suggest I’m any sort of scholar, but is this really news? My (admittedly simple) understanding was that suffering messiah stories were not only non-unique to Jesus, but were non-unique to Christianity.

Still, it seems any item that can shed light on that era is of great historical significance.