Monday, December 14, 2015

Hate Mail - No, There Is No Doubting That Jesus Is A Jew

In your your ignorance which is so typical of those with a college degree these days, wise guys who could tell you every line in some stupid TV show or movie but whose every concept of Christianity is based in not knowing what you're talking about, you are flat wrong.

For example, overlooking the birth narratives, the presentation narrative, Jesus being lost and found at the temple as a boy, etc.  In the Gospel considered the least friendly to Jews, often accused of being the source of antisemitism among Christians, the Gospel according to John, Jesus identifies himself as a Jew and says that salvation is through Jews.  In the narrative of Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman at the well, there is this exchange in which Jesus unmistakably identifies himself as a Jew, even as he proclaimed the universality of salvation.

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

John 4:19-24

There is no doubting that the central figure in Christianity not only was identified by every single person who encountered him in the Gospels as a Jew, he identified HIMSELF as a Jew.  Those who worship Jesus as the second person in the Trinity, beyond any question, believe a person who is a Jew is the embodiment of divinity.

That so many people who professed Christianity in the past and today overlooked that and lied about, oppressed and murdered Jews is through essentially the same ignorance you, yourself lie out of.  And you've been to high school and college, they were mostly illiterate or uneducated.

I think that the prophesy in that passage could as clearly identify modern Judaism in the period after the temple worship had ended as legitimate as it could Christian worship.  After all, Christianity didn't even exist at the time Jesus said that.  He had to be referring to something the Samaritan woman would have known about.  There isn't any reason to believe that modern Judaism wouldn't be approved of in this narrative.


  1. Stupid John Crossan:

    The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant

  2. Reminds me of a story my church history professor used to tell. In his days at Notre Dame, he was a campus guide for prospective students and their parents, and whenever the question was asked "Who is that woman on top of the main building?" he'd answer "Oh, that's a nice Jewish girl."