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Jews reclaim Jesus as one of their own
Some Jewish leaders are encouraging Jews to see Jesus as one of their own.
April 5th, 2012
02:36 PM ET

Jews reclaim Jesus as one of their own

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - The relationship between Jews and Jesus has traditionally been a complicated one, to say the least.

As his followers' message swept the ancient world, Jews who did not accept Jesus as the Messiah found themselves in the uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous, position of being blamed for his death.

Mainstream Christian theology's position held that Judaism had been supplanted, the Jewish covenant with the divine no longer valid, because of the incarnation of God as Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross.

Jews, for their part, tended largely to ignore Jesus.

That's changing now.

In the past year, a spate of Jewish authors, from the popular to the rabbinic to the scholarly, have wrestled with what Jews should think about Jesus.

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And overwhelmingly, they are coming up with positive answers, urging their fellow Jews to learn about Jesus, understand him and claim him as one of their own.

"Jesus is a Jew. He spent his life talking to other Jews," said Amy-Jill Levine, co-editor of the recently released "Jewish Annotated New Testament."

"In reading the New Testament, I am often inspired, I am intrigued. I actually find myself becoming a better Jew because I become better informed about my own history," she said.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a media personality who recently launched a bid for a U.S. House seat, argues in his own new book, "Kosher Jesus," that "Jews have much to learn from Jesus - and from Christianity as a whole - without accepting Jesus' divinity. There are many reasons for accepting Jesus as a man of great wisdom, beautiful ethical teachings, and profound Jewish patriotism."

And Benyamin Cohen, an Orthodox Jew who spent a recent year going to church, admitted that he's jealous that Christians have Jesus.

"He's a tangible icon that everybody can latch on to. Judaism doesn't have a superhero like that," said Cohen, the author of the 2009 book "My Jesus Year."

 

"I'm not advocating for Moses dolls," he said, but he argued that "it's hard to believe in a God you can't see. I'm jealous of Christians in that regard, that they have this physical manifestation of the divine that they can pray to.

"There could be more devout Jews than me who don't need that, but to a young Jew living in the 21st century, I wish we had something more tangible," he said.

The flurry of recent Jewish books on Jesus - including this month's publication of "The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ" by Daniel Boyarin - is part of a trend of Jews taking pride in Jesus, interfaith expert Edward Kessler said.

"In the 1970s and 1980s, Christian New Testament scholars rediscovered the Jewish Jesus. They reminded all New Testament students that Jesus was Jewish," said Kessler, the director of the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, England, which focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

A generation later, that scholarship has percolated into Jewish thought, he said, welcoming the trend: "It's not a threat to Jews and it's not a threat to Christians."

For Jews in particular, he said, "It's not so threatening as it was even 30 years ago. There is almost a pride that Jesus was a Jew rather than an embarrassment about it."

Boteach agrees, writing in "Kosher Jesus" that "Jews will gain much from re-embracing him as a hero."

"The truth is important," Boteach writes. "A patriot of our people has been lost. Worse still, he's been painted as the father of a long and murderous tradition of anti-Semitism."

Boteach aims to claim, or reclaim, Jesus as a political rebel against Rome and to exonerate the Jews of his death. But Boteach's book has attracted plenty of criticism, for instance for blaming the Apostle Paul for everything he doesn't like about Christianity, such as hailing Jesus as divine and cutting his ties to Judaism.

"Paul never met Jesus, and Jesus certainly never would have sanctioned Paul's actions and embellishments," Boteach argues about the apostle who wrote much of the New Testament. "Jesus ... would have been appalled at how his followers would later define him."

"Jews will never accept his divinity. Nor should they," Boteach writes, in one of many instances of presuming to know what Jesus really thought and meant. "The belief that any man is God is an abomination to Judaism, a position that Jesus himself would maintain."

He cherry-picks the Gospels to to suit his arguments, writes in casual modern idioms (calling Pontius Pilate a "sadistic mass murderer" and comparing him to Hitler), and gets wrong the most basic details of the Passion story, such as the amount of money Judas took to betray Jesus.

Other experts in the field label Boteach's book "sensationalistic," and call him a "popularizer," but Kessler sees "Kosher Jesus" as part of the trend of Judaizing Jesus. Cohen, the "My Jesus Year" author, offered some support for Boteach even as he expressed doubts about the book.

"I understand what Shmuley is trying to get at there," he said, but added: "I don't think anyone has the right to say 'This is the definition of Jesus,' especially a rabbi. He's not ours to claim."

Levine, who teaches New Testament and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, also framed Jewish efforts to study Jesus in terms of mutual respect.

"Speaking personally as a Jew, if I want my neighbors to respect Judaism, which means knowing something about Jewish history, scripture and tradition, I owe my Christian neighbors the same courtesy. It's a matter of respect," she said.

She urged Jews to "become familiar with the material and make up their own mind as to how they understand Jesus."

Ironically, she added, Jews can understand their own history more thoroughly through studying the life of Jesus.

"The best source on the period for Jewish history other than (the first-century historian) Josephus is the New Testament," she said.

"It's one of those ironies of history that the only Pharisee writing in the Second Temple period from whom we have records is Paul of Tarsus," she said. " 'The Jewish Annotated New Testament' is designed in part to help Jews recover their own history."

But she also wants Christians to use it to understand Judaism more deeply, she said. While many Christian leaders acknowledge that Jesus was a Jew, she said, not many know much about what that means.

"Many Christian ministers and educators have no training in what early Judaism was like," she said. "Not to take seriously first-century Judaism seems to dismiss part of the message of the New Testament."

Cohen, the "My Jesus Year" author, found that Christians were very interested in Judaism during the 52 weeks he spent going from church to church.

"Many Christians look on Judaism as version 1.0 of their own religion. Because of that historical relationship, they're interested in a lot of the theology of Judaism," he said.

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For his part, Cohen learned much that surprised him. "I was shocked when I went to church and heard them give sermons about the Old Testament," he said. "I had no idea Christians read the Old Testament."

"One week, I went to church and the pastor gave exactly the same sermon my rabbi did the night before about Moses and the burning bush, and the pastor did it much better," he continued.

Cohen came away from his Jesus year with a clear understanding of what he believes.

"People ask me all the time if I believe in Jesus. Do I believe he exists? Sure. Do I believe he's your God? Sure, I have no problem with that," he said he tells Christians who ask.

"I understand Christians' love for Jesus and I respect that," he said. "If anything, I learned a lot from them and did become a more engaged Jew, a better Jew, and I appreciate my Judaism more because I hung out with Jesus."

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Jesus • Judaism

soundoff (2,641 Responses)
  1. Jason Bibbs

    Yah, but can we all agree that Allah sucks

    April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  2. Sandra

    You "hung out" with Jesus? Come on, man, what kind of drugs are you on? This whole article is just ridiculous!

    April 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  3. True Grit

    ROFL! It is like two 3 year olds arguing about who owns an imaginary friend.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  4. Ellen

    If, as the article states, Christians are accepting the fact that Jesus was Jewish, and that Judaism is the mother religion of Christianity, why do so many religious leaders still advocate anti-Semitism, especially Catholic bishops in Europe?

    April 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  5. rivkah

    As a Jewish by choice, and former Roman Catholiic- I have always been surprised that Jews have for the most part failed to appreciate Jesus , the man. He said a lot I agree with – and so I still admire his teachings without accepting his claim (or that of his followers) to divinity or immortality. I am glad that other Jews are finally embracing one of their own.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  6. sortakinda

    It always strikes me as incredible that any Jew would now accept even the existence of Jesus as a good Jew because that conclusion can only be reached by reading and accepting at least portions of the New Testament. There are no uniquely Jewish reports on the personal character of Jesus (although there are reports from Hebrew historians of His existence and His followers). More Jews seem to use his name as an epithet or curse word, which is something Christians do NOT appreciate.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  7. Mother

    Wow. You religious people are totally insane.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Prescott

      Painting everyone with a broad brush is not only a sign of a mental disorder; it is also one of the foundations of bigotry at its worst.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Haley

      Saying this is insane is overkill. History has been used by countless political parties to justify their power, authority, and validity. Ironically, use of religion to justify politics is as old as the pyramids(literally). Mom and Dad always tell us we can never change our past; Jesus Christ's past has been empirically proven to be Jewish. This is a strong argument, but only as strong as an American local militant chanting the Declaration of Independence to absolve himself of the law. Even today, it still leaves juries in deadlock.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • HorizonLLM

      Not all, just the extremists who think nothing else exists but religion. Of course, those that use it to manipulate society too.

      Shouldn't we take teachings from several religions- teachings that deal with wisdom, respect and kindness of the human race (if we still have any). There will be those comments of "only one religion is right" but seriously...the teachings of how to be a human are quite similar in principle.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  8. Prescott

    "Paul never met Jesus, and Jesus certainly never would have sanctioned Paul's actions and embellishments," Boteach argues about the apostle who wrote much of the New Testament. "
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    Paul's conversion was due to his encounter with the risen Jesus, whom he first met on the road to Damascus. That was only the first meeting. Paul knew Jesus personally, and received revelation from Him about many things.

    I know the good rabbi would deny this, but I'm trying to figure out what qualifies him to decide which of the New Testament he "likes," and which he does not.

    I've never been able to figure out people who see Jesus as "good teacher" or a reformer. Well over half of His teaching is about His own death, His resurrection, and His return. If I did not believe those things, I would have no use for His teachings. Without the resurrection, He is just one more obscure philosopher of the first century.

    Funny, though. I can't recall any of the others. What was the difference between Him and them? A resurrection is the only difference I can see.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • sortakinda

      Paul said something to the effect: If Jesus did not rise from the dead I am a fool.
      Those who believe in the Resurrection are not fools. Time will tell.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  9. deborah leah

    Jesus (Jahova ) Elohiem ! to love one another as God has loved you
    i see so much , kill her revenge this , hate and i know that is NOT the Love of God
    next time try and pray for them pray for those who persecute you
    and love them that hate you

    Jesus did !

    April 10, 2012 at 2:08 am |
  10. deborah leah

    Jesus was a Jew
    but HE loved all people
    and he went about healing ALL that were sick and possessed with a devil
    Even the woman that was to be stoned to death as they was yelling and screaming to kill her
    he bent down and was writing in the dirt as if he was ignoring the racket ... Jesus never JUDGED them
    NEVER ... the problem is with people We are throwing stones at others when i reality stones should be thrown back
    Not one person on this Earth is Better than another weather , jew , gentile, greek ,etc , or race
    WE have ALL SINNED before GOD and noone is innocent
    when we can love one another as Jesus did for us without being religious or judging then we will see the world Change
    for the better !
    i see Iran and USA , and Israel at each others throats
    and this is only over Religion nothing else !
    do you see what the problem is
    we think we are our own gods to judge !!!
    stop and look for once they are human just like us they have loved ones and families just like us
    they want freedom and happiness just like us
    when will we STOP JUDGING !! and let GOD do his job ..

    Im a christian not by the religion did i chose this but it was GODS love !
    that He loved me first !

    April 10, 2012 at 2:02 am |
  11. Karl Kunker

    There are at least four possibilities for how to search for meaning (if there is any) to the death of Jesus.

    1) The physical body of Jesus was only that of a human animal without any spiritual aspects to life that means anything once the animal is dead. If such was the case, the sacrifice is not a sacrifice with any meaning so it is pointless even to discuss this as if it did have some kind of understandable meaning. Not much point in even valuing anything about Jesus at all. Jesus did nothing to help the evolution of mankind progress by dying off and removing his genes from the gene pool.

    2) There is more to the existence of Jesus and to the existence of people in general for that matter than just a physical body and thus the willing sacrifice of his physical body upon the cross had a meaning that was culturally relative but is not relevant beyond that culture. Even the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans had human sacrifice as part of their cultures. They didn't need to trump up charges as far as we know – the ones selected were held in high honor to have their hearts ripped from their chests.

    3) There is more to the existence of Jesus and to the existence of other people for that matter than just a physical body and thus the willing sacrifice of his physical body upon the cross had a meaning that was culturally relative and for those that will receive it this sacrificial death also has a meaning for other human cultures and other human individuals as well. What is the proper way to show someone you care for them and love them even when you know they are treating you like an enemy? Jesus had enemies -and he sacrificed his all to avoid an insurrection and a revolution by those who had no idea what is mission truly was all about.

    4) There is more to the existence of Jesus as both human and also the only begotten Son of God and thus the willing sacrifice of his physical body upon the cross has a meaning that was culturally relative but the sacrificial death also has a meaning for all other human cultures and all other human individuals across time as well. This is not a fact provable by scientific models and calculations, it is a matter of personal values, personal belief and personal witness.

    But if you want numbers to back up the fourth possibility, that is if one cares to study it, there were over 330 references from the Hebrew Old Testament that found direct application in the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Cocopuf

      1. Humans are NOT animals. The sooner you realize it, the better.

      2. You are trying to analyze God's existence using the scientific method as defined by men. Well, how can you be so blind as to not realize that EVERY SINGLE THING that you see MUST have been created by a BRILLIANT DESIGNER for a PURPOSE. (it is written in the Scriptures for you to learn what God wants you to know, and do)

      3. We are NOT here by chance (or randomness), coincidence or luck, let alone, from a rock ... millions and millions of years ago ...

      3. As many of us (YOU TOO) have been completely brainwashed by what we have been taught at school about MACRO-evolution (cross species); even today; is a big LIE.

      4. MICRO-evolution is all around us; and is limited by the gene pool FROM each KIND or TYPE of creature (i.e., bird, dog, monkey, plant, etc.) There are NO (none) intermediary kinds or types (except for ALL the proven fakes from "famous" Paleontologists over the last couple of centuries) ever found.

      5. You can do all the scientific research you want, but you will NEVER be able to understand the meaning of the "Breath of Life given to us by Almighty God".

      April 10, 2012 at 6:46 am |
    • mandarax

      1. Humans are NOT animals. The sooner you realize it, the better.
      Unless humans are plants, algae, or minerals, we must be biologically animals. There is nothing biologically different about a human vs. another mammal. We eat, breathe, metabolize, reproduce, die, and decompose the same.

      2. You are trying to analyze God's existence using the scientific method as defined by men. Well, how can you be so blind as to not realize that EVERY SINGLE THING that you see MUST have been created by a BRILLIANT DESIGNER for a PURPOSE. (it is written in the Scriptures for you to learn what God wants you to know, and do)
      That is entirely an as.sertion, and a circular one at that. Here is the same logic: Hamsters created everything around us. How do you know? The existence of everything around us proves it. Hamsters!

      3. We are NOT here by chance (or randomness), coincidence or luck, let alone, from a rock ... millions and millions of years ago ...
      You are absolutely 100% correct. If you were attempting to describe biogenesis and evolution, your ignorance is showing. This pretty much disqualifies your opinions below.

      3. As many of us (YOU TOO) have been completely brainwashed by what we have been taught at school about MACRO-evolution (cross species); even today; is a big LIE.
      Not only have you not been brainwashed (only half the people of the US accept it), but brainwashing is an absurdly ironic term to use. The brainwashing is what keeps you stubbornly rejecting the evidence-based reality of the world around you, even as you rely on it, and calling it a lie.

      4. MICRO-evolution is all around us; and is limited by the gene pool FROM each KIND or TYPE of creature (i.e., bird, dog, monkey, plant, etc.) There are NO (none) intermediary kinds or types (except for ALL the proven fakes from "famous" Paleontologists over the last couple of centuries) ever found.
      (1) A simple untruth. To say there are no transitional forms is an endlessly repeated lie. Just look it up or go to a museum. Why do Christians so often resort to lying in the name of "truth?" (2) There is no such thing as "micro" and "macro" evolution. That is an invention of religious people when they are forced to acknowledge that generations of living things change through time. That's evolution, no more, no less. The acc.umulation of small changes ("mciro-evolution") over periods of time amounts to major changes ("macro-evolution"). If you accept one, you can't logically reject the other. It's like saying you have seen a man walk 20 miles in a day, but to walk 200 miles in ten days would be impossible.

      5. You can do all the scientific research you want, but you will NEVER be able to understand the meaning of the "Breath of Life given to us by Almighty God".
      Probably true, but an understanding of the nature of us and of the universe is much more likely to come about through research than through belief without question. Christianity has had 2000 years to make great discoveries, and there has been very little if anything to show for it. What diseases has Christianity cured? What technologies have been developed? The amazing discoveries and mind-blowing technologies have occurred in the last couple of hundred years – since the development of science. The influence of religion has waned, and progress has flourished.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  12. b4bigbang

    I had a great Easter and i am having an excellent day today as well. The weather is warm and sunny, and i just want to thank the Intelligent Designer who is the Father of all the physical laws, gravity, etc, etc.!
    Yep. He set up the universe and we study it with our science and it gives me a sense of awe.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  13. Muneef

    [And mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ].3:45

    He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous."3:46

    She said, "My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?" [The angel] said, "Such is Allah ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is. 3:47

    And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel 3:48

    And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], 'Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers. 3:49

    And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me. 3:50

    Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is the straight path." 3:51

    http://quran.com/3
    ---
    As you can read he The Prophet & Messenger of GOD was given all the permission to do miraculous wonders of things by GOD the Creator of Universe and all Beings

    April 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Cocopuf

      Then, what you are saying is that Jesus lied to you; that everything He said in the Scriptures are not true to you. Are you a sinner? Was mohammed a sinner? I am a sinner? We all physically die because of our sins. Jesus Christ can save you from the second death which is the Spiritual death (eternal separation from God) on The Day of The Lord. Even the famous statement "The truth will set you free" comes from the Bible. Do U know who said it? :)

      April 10, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • Cocopuf

      Did you know that mohammed, in the early 6th century CHANGED the name of the original "allah" which was the Moon goddess to "allah" the higher god ... because, he saw the rise of Christianity and Judaism (but particularly, Christianity) and so he decided to rewrite the original meaning of allah.

      That is why on TOP OF EACH MOSQUE's MINARET you will see a crescent Moon. :)

      IF you don't believe it, check Google for "allah the moon goddess". :)

      April 10, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • westexan

      Actually mohammed taught that the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob had no son and Jesus was only a prophet and he was never resurrected from the dead. But then mohammed had mental problems where and when he would go into fits and siezures and while in those dazed conditions he received revelations from "god" who gave him [mohammed] the true scriptures because the Jews had corrupted the scriptures (according to mohammed) concerning those given to all the other OT Prophets. Mohammed agreed with the jinns, the spirits that dwelled in the trees, the rocks, and other objects found in nature. The Jews rejected mohammed when he presented himself as a prophet some six hundred years after the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God. There is significant history of mohammed, the founder of islamic religion, that is available to anyone who cares to research his history. Mohammed created–INVENTED– a religion that is based in part on the killing, IE the destruction of the Jewish race or if you prefer, the Jewish ethnicity. Mohammed's religion has a foundation of violence rather than that of the "Love thy neighbor" approach.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • Muneef

      By the way Crescent only represents the Crescent of Ramadan the fasting month in Islam and nothing to do with worshiping the moon...another thing about our Prophet was to annoy the killers of GOD's Prophets who thought that they were as Gods on earth over all other nations...and that is why they still deny our prophet as arrogance from their side although they know that what came upon him was the pure truth..

      April 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  14. Muneef

    Since the Arabs are Yemenites sourced from Yemen from the time of Ismael then the followers of Moses and Jesus must have originated from them;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qahtanite
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghassanids

    As well history claims that the cause of Yemeni tribal migration was the destruction of the Ancient Marib Dam flooding to  beyond repairable to their lands and agriculture irrigation;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marib_Dam    

    April 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • westexan

      Jesus Christ was of the lineage of Isaac, the son of promise. Mohammed was of the lineage of Ishmael, the son of Hagar the Egyptian hand-maid of Abraham's legitimate wife. The entire arabic race, IE ethnicity sprang from an illegitimate projenitor. JC did not have an illegitimate lineage but rather He was of the Holy Spirit of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Mary was His mother. JC traces his lineage back to Adam who was also the "son of God". Ishmael can only trace his lineage back to the illegitimate affair of Abraham and Hagar.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:08 am |
    • Muneef

      West.
      Have to watch and listen what you are saying...you are calling Abraham (saw) an adulator here and that he had illegitimate son...!? Abraham married Hager by the consent of his first wife because she was not able to give him son...and therefore Ismael was his elder son and Issac was the second after a while of time.
      Secondly we are all of Adam and Eve and no one is better than the other except by deeds... Forget that story of the chosen people and masters of the world calling the rest as illegitimate and slaves... Oh my GOD I hate such mentalities...this way you are calling all the nations of the world of other than the children of Israel as illegitimate and should have been slaves to the chosen masters of the world...!? Man you are totally wrong and misled we are nothing but one nation of Adam and Eve and slavery was only caused by wars that led to slavery unto this date only now it has a different name of flesh trade...!

      April 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Muneef

      You know what as it seems that in the end Moses (saw) has led the Twelve Tribes of Ishmael through the exudes from Egypt and not Israel....!? 

      “ And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of 12 rulers, and I will make them into a great nation. ”
      —Genesis 17:20

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael

      The 12 Tribes of Ishmael
      http://nabataea.net/12tribes.html

      April 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  15. Muneef

    All the true religions of GOD were called Islam meaning Submission and Monotheism to GOD...it was Abraham (saw) who first called for it rejecting Polytheism and the that is the mere meaning of the word Islam..!
    Jesus (saw) return will be to bring out the truth of the true religion to reunite it as one as should have been before it took different misleading directions from the original Abrahamic Islam.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Cocopuf

      Religions, as you and I understand it, are men' attempt to reconcile themselves with their creator God. That is why we have so many different religions. A total failure. why? Because we disobeyed His Word from the beginning.

      When Jesus Christ came, He was, and is, the most anti religious person in this whole world. :) :) :)

      April 10, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • Start Using Your Brain

      Cocopuf, you can think whatever you want, no matter how absurd, if it keep you from hurting other people.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  16. Marquice

    All of you people are confused if you're not abiding by God's Spirit.

    Jesus is Lord

    April 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • preacherman

      All of you people are confused if you're not abiding by Allah's Spirit.

      Allah akbar.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • preacherman

      All of you people are confused if you're not abiding by Jehova's Spirit.

      God is great.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • preacherman

      All of you people are confused if you're not abiding by God's Spirit as revealed through latter day saints.

      Jesus is Lord

      April 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • preacherman

      All of you people are confused if you're not abiding by Vishnu's Spirit.

      Vishnu is Parameshwara (supreme God).

      April 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • preacherman

      All of you are confused who are not abiding by the spirits of your ancestors.

      Shinto is the way of the gods.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • preacherman

      Apparently ALL of us are confused...

      April 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • DogmaDave

      Jesus is 1/3 Lord. God and the Holy Ghost make up the rest of the Trinity, right?

      As for me, I worship the Holy Ghost. It's less taxing on the body, mind and spirit – Jesus and God's followers can be a real pain.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  17. Gayla Norman-Carpenter

    There is a book out there written by Jewish doctors who have met the Great Physician, its a wonderful book by intelligent Jewish men who found life through Jesus Christ and a renewing of their Jewish faith.
    Last night I watched parts of The Passion again and its amazing how brutal his treatment was and for what? Because He healed on the Sabbath, someday I think more and more will come to see His true divinity.Even if they dont we need to support and pray for Israel because thats the right thing to do and maybe, just maybe, when we do the right thing they will too.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  18. Observer

    So they can just change their religion and history however they see fit? Who do they follow: God or individual Rabbis?

    April 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • mandarax

      All religions can, and do. It is usually done slowly enough that people don't recognize it. The message preached in today's megachurches is not what was being preached in the first half of the twentieth century. Usually we see religion slowly (grudgingly) accommodating the scientific realities they can no longer deny with a straight face. In this case it seems that one religion is accommodating the myths of a more socially powerful rival religion. To pretend that religion and concepts of God don't change is just ... well ... delusional.

      April 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • queenbee10

      Jews also need to "own" the rejection and murder of Him also.

      April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • mandarax

      queenbee, I would argue that modern Jews need to do that to the same extent that you need to personally "own" the Spanish Inquisition" or lynchings by the KKK. Even if your stories were true, Observer is not a 2,000 year old Jew from Jerusalem any more than you are a 500 year old Christian from Spain, or a 100 year old Christian from Mississippi.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  19. Linda Rivera

    As recorded in the Bible, Jesus, the Jew, taught from the Jewish Scriptures, practiced Judaism, kept Saturday Sabbath, Passover and all of the Jewish holy days. When the Jew-haters got control of the church, the Jew-haters got rid of all of the Jewish things Jesus did.

    April 9, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • HZ

      You may have missed the detail that when Jesus died the curtain in the temple that symbolized the seperation between common people and God was ripped in half. The temple was also destroyed by the Romans. When an attempt was made by later Christian Roman rules to rebuild the temple there are historical accounts of balls of fire literally jumping out of the ground and preventing it. There is NO TEMPLE anymore so it is impossible for anyone to practice true Judaism since that requires temple sacrafice of animals! You can't just use chicken blood in some alternate setting. That little detail may have escape some Jews but not all.

      April 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • ted

      Jesus, the Jew, accepted the idea of being the messiah, but he never, ever suggested that he was God.

      April 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • CurlyGurl

      Ted says that Jesus the Jew accepts the idea of being the Messiah, but he never, ever suggested he was God. How wrong you are! In John 10:30 Jesus says "I and the Father are one", and in verse 33 the Jewish leaders who had picked up rocks to stone him said they weren't going to stone him for good words, but for his blasphemous statement of declaring himself to be God. He also accepted the worship of people as in John 9:38, for one. No one else in the bible – not prophets, not disciples, not even angels – allow themselves to be worshipped. We can either worship God (Exodus 20:3) or we will worship Satan (Luke 4:5-7) who manifest himself as any false god; there is no other choice. So Jesus is not 'just' the Messiah; He is God, and he clearly says so.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Cocopuf

      TO TED:- You should read the New Testament more carefully before you say that Jesus never claimed to be God.

      Did you ever here of the TRINITY as ONE. God, The Father, God, The Son, and God The Spirit? :) :) :)

      April 10, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  20. Matthew Joseph

    Yeshua (Jesus) is and was a Hebrew. For Jews to follow Yeshua is prophecy being fullfilled today. He was just on loan to save all those who called on His name (Gentiles). He will be the one to rescue Israel, and Jacob will glorify Adonai. Elohim bless and peace only in the name of Yeshua. Matthew

    Elohim barah ahavah emet teshuva . Yeshua is yeshuah.
    (God created love truth and repentance. Yeshua is salvation.
    PathofYeshua.net

    April 9, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • EaglesQuestions

      I want to hug you through the computer screen. That brightened my mood a little, this morning, for some reason.
      God Bless!

      April 9, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Denise

      I think that was beautiful, how you reprensented that. But He also saved many Jews in that day who believed and became a part ot the early church. And God loves you and I believe He will save Israel someday and I still think of the Jews as brothers and sisters, since we are all created by Him and Christ came to take away our sins so that we can be reconciled to God, our heavenly father. God bless you! I pray for the Jews often, for the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to each of you, of Christ and of how the Father, Son and Spirit are one.

      April 9, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • David McElroy

      AMEN! Matthew. Jesus is Lord of Lords, Son of God, and King of Kings. Christ is my Redeemer, and I can only praise the holy name of Yeshua! Praise him!

      April 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • queenbee10

      Yes–and the "lost tribes of Israel will turn out to be the Muslims–descendants of Abraham's first born child that he was NOT allowed to keep due to Sarah–Ishmael. then the US can explain to god how they got in the middle of internecine warfare and why He should have mercy on us when our actions harmed part of god's "people" LOL

      April 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
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