Let's Get Biblical!

Why Doesn't Judaism Accept the Christian Messiah? Volume 2

Cover Art for 9780996091312, Let's Get Biblical! by Tovia Singer
ISBN: 9780996091312
Publisher: RNBN Publishers
Published: 31 March, 2014
Format: Paperback
Language: English

We saw in Volume 1 of Let's Get Biblical! Why Doesn't Judaism Accept the Christian Messiah? how Christendom--beginning in the earliest epistles of the New Testament--deliberately altered the Jewish Scriptures in order to make these sacred Hebrew texts appear Christological. What else did Christians invent on the way to making Christianity into the religion it became? The belief that the messiah died for the sins of the world is an absolutely core tenet of the Christian religion. Yet the word "messiah" is nothing more than the equivalent of the Greek word "Christ." Strangely, many Christians are unaware of this, and think that Christ was Jesus' last name--Jesus Christ, the son of Joseph and Mary Christ. In other words, "Christ" emerged as such a standard designation for Jesus, that for many parishioners it started to function as Jesus' name rather than a role of fulfilling messianic prophecies of the Jewish Scriptures. In reality, however, "Jesus Christ" is not just a familiar designation. Rather, it is a fantastic claim. And a fantastic claim requires fantastic evidence. Yet there is no evidence to support this assertion. In essence, Christians are dumbfounded. They don't understand why the vast majority of Jews are unimpressed with their assertion that the central role of the messiah was to die for the sins of the world. Christians wonder: Why don't passages in the "Old Testament" such as Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 convince the Jews that the messiah was to suffer and die for the sins of mankind? Don't these and other texts in the Hebrew Scriptures provide irrefutable proof that Jesus is the Jewish messiah? After all, these chapters appear prominently in their own Bible. There is an answer to this age-old question: The messiah is not mentioned in any of these passages. In fact, these texts do not refer to the messiah but to someone or something else. In Volume 2 of this series, I continue this eye-opening exploration of the Bible in order to answer two questions: Who invented Christianity, and how did they accomplish this task?

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