A few minutes ago, while standing in the rain and seeing some people passing out some pamphlets an idea occurred to me.

Are there any papers, books, dvar torahs etc, which links the traditional concept of תחיית המתים (Resurrection of the dead), a reference to the "Dry Bones" of ezekiel, and the modern advances of archaeology, and particularly, old Jewish texts and artifacts which are preserved well by dry weather?

*edit Another random though, is the concept of Techeyet Hamaytim and the feeling one gets when reading the words of a lost author, or an author in general, and how this might relate to archaeology and lost texts.

Fun side note: To get the hebrew words in the title I had to type "Dead revival" in google translate.. Now I feel like going to a concert.

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    From the title I thought this question was going to be about the disruptive effects of archaeological digs (e.g. disrupting graves) on resurrection. Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 16:44
  • @MonicaCellio Man plans and Gd laughs :)
    – avi
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 17:00
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    Huh? What does archaeology have to do with תחיית המתים ?
    – Ariel K
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 17:08
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    @ArielK, If I'm understanding things correctly here, what avi is asking is if anyone uses the concept of "techiyas hameisim" to describe the "resurrection" of old texts and artifacts, and maybe even draws parallels between the two occurrences. I highly doubt that avi is trying to undermine the veracity of one of Rambam's 13 principles.
    – jake
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 22:24
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    OK, but whether someone else says it isn't a very significant question. Though I guess there isn't another way to share "a cute drash" on this site...
    – Ariel K
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 22:41

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While not a direct match, Shadal did make a similar statement regarding the printing of old manuscripts.

"God sees how topsy-turvy the present (=mid-19th century) is and he acts for the good of his creation, knowing that each generation needs its teachers and judges. To understand how God acts, think of a king who rules over a vast empire. When he sees that his subjects in the farthest reaches lack proper supervision, he sends them leaders and judges from other provinces. So it is that God saw that the generation is orphaned, with many following nothing and nonsense. Even the sages and wise men are ineffective as leaders. So what does God do? He sends them sages and leaders from another generation. He causes old books to be lifted out of the dust piles, in order that their voices can be heard in a later generation. It is as if he returns the soul to the dead, breathing new life into the hearts of those that are straying. He turns the heart of the fathers - already dead - to the children, in order to turn the heart of the children toward their fathers. This is just in time before it's too late and the generation all goes to waste."

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