We expect this from the Palestinians and their supporters, who need to invent a narrative for a nonexistent people.
We expect better from a publication that calls itself the “Paper of Record” and claims a commitment to strictest journalistic integrity.
Last month The New York Times published two articles that suggested Jesus was a Palestinian. As Tamar Sternthal, director of the Israel office of CAMERA, noted in a Times of Israel blog, they’ve done this before, most notably in 2008 and 2019. In both cases, the Times issued detailed corrections acknowledging that Jesus was a Jew.
Makes you wonder who let the more recent articles through without a fact-check…
But there’s really no debate to be had. Jesus is known to us today because of Christianity. And Christianity is based wholly and solely upon the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
The “Document of Record” for Jesus’ life and ministry is the New Testament. There is no other.
So what does it say on the matter of Jesus’ identity?
- In Matthew 2:2, the magi who come looking for the newborn Messiah ask King Herod, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?”
- Herod’s advisors then inform him that prophecy states the Messiah will be born in nearby “Bethlehem of Judea.”
- John 1:11 says Jesus “came to his own, and his own did not receive him,” in clear reference to the Jewish population in the Holy Land at the time.
- In John 4:22, Jesus identifies himself as a Jew when speaking to the Samaritan woman.
- The author of the book of Hebrew (7:14) informs that “it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah.”
- Matthew, Luke and John record both Jesus’ priestly opponents and the Romans mocking Jesus at his crucifixion as “King of the Jews” for having revealed himself as the awaited Messiah.
- And, of course, throughout the gospels we read about Jesus teaching in synagogues and the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, and observing Jewish holidays like Passover.
And how many verses in the New Testament mention the word “Palestine,” in relation to Jesus or otherwise?
Zero. That’s how many.
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