MembersWas Jesus the First Leftist?

While not one of Israel’s leading magazines, the online publication Maraah still carries some weight given that its editor-in-chief, Daphna Netanyahu, is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sister-in-law.

By Tsvi Sadan |
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Maraah usually publishes well-written articles by right-wing intellectuals. So Nahum Weiman’s piece titled Hate International: The Gospel of the Left and the Torch of Father Naddaf, in which he attacks both Jesus and the left, was hopefully an editorial oversight.

 

It is well known that Karl Marx was inspired by Henri de Saint-Simon, the founder of Christian socialism. But this is a far cry from asserting that Marx was inspired by Jesus. “The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion,” Marx famously said. Rather than establish the Kingdom of God on earth, Communism strives for a man-made paradise.

 

Regardless, Marx’s atheism has never deterred Christians from forging their own religious versions of Communism. Perhaps this inspired Waiman to write that “Jesus of Nazareth was probably the first leftist.”

 

Waiman meant that as...

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