MembersWhy Jews Do Not Believe Jesus Was the Messiah

Jews today openly accept Jesus as a fellow Jew, but still have trouble with his followers’ claim to messiahship, let alone worshipping him as ‘God’

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: Jesus
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Rachel Avraham is an Orthodox Jew and the opinions expressed in this article may not reflect those of Israel Today as a publication.

Christians around the world believe that Jesus was the Messiah and the son of G-d, the second person in a Trinity that includes the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. However, the Jewish people have a very different perception of Jesus. From their perception, he is merely a historical figure.

Some Jews even loathe him, blaming him for all the crusades, pogroms, the Spanish Inquisition, the Holocaust, and other instances of antisemitism that the Jewish people suffered in Christian Europe. I read Gerald Sigal’s book The Jewish Response to Missionary Christianity: Why the Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus to get a better understanding of this 2,000-year-old argument Jews have with Jesus.

“G-d’s promises to national Israel are irrevocable eternal declarations,” Sigal notes, and this is a promise and covenant that “no man can asunder; nor deviant religious, political or cultural systems destroy; nor gentile dispersion,...

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