LET ME GUESS … YOU HAVE HEARD THAT THE NEW TESTAMENT IS FULL OF VITRIOL, VENOM AND VIRULENT HATRED AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE. IT IS NOTHING BUT A RANDOM COLLECTION OF ANTI-SEMITIC IMAGERY AND ARGUMENTS.
RIGHT? WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT ALL THOSE “V’ WORDS WAS ACTUALLY WRONG!…
Did you know that according to Biblical scholar Roger Nicole about 4.4% of the New Testament is a direct quotation of a passage/verse from the Hebrew Scriptures (1 out of every 22.5 verses)?
And if you add up all the allusions to Hebrew Scripture references, you could have more than a thousand references or up to 10% of the entire New Testament. Jesus is noted as utilizing every book of the Hebrew Scriptures but Jesus’ four “favorites” books are Isaiah, Genesis, Exodus and Psalms. Does that sound like an anti-Semitic book to you?
Or what about just looking at a sample passage from Matthew 1:1-17 (we could also show you the Luke 3 passage and Mary’s lineage if you want but it is a lot longer because it goes all the way back to Adam!):
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. (KJV – Public Domain)
Even if you dropped out of Hebrew School after your Bar/Bat Mitzvah – some of those names are familiar are they not? Jesus is Jewish. The New Testament is a Jewish book and the Christian faith is not Judaism replaced but something else – Tzedakah Ministries and Explore Messiah…? likes to call it Judaism Realized or Judaism Continued.
If so, isn’t it worth exploring the three questions we are going to examine in this section? If so, isn’t it worth discussing the following issues with us at the CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board: