“A warm welcome to Zingcreed, the polemical blog for the post-Christian age in which we live. The question here is ‘Just how Jewish was Jesus?’, and the answer is ‘Very’. Most Christians don’t wish to believe that. They think Jesus founded a nice Gentile religion for nice Gentiles like them. To see how anti-Gentile Jesus was see my post ‘Jesus hates me this I know, for the bible tells me so.‘ To see how evil the God of the Hebrew scriptures (O.T.) was see my Post ‘O.M.G!’ That’s the violent genocidal god that was, some say, Jesus’ father. Many of the 600 plus Laws in the earliest books of the bible would be rejected by Christians today if they had a clue what they were. But the gospels record Jesus saying that not one ‘jot or tittle should be taken away from them’. (King James Version). We’re looking at a fundamentalist ultra-Orthodox kind of Jew here.
The first five books or Torah should be something that unites Christian and Jew, instead of which it divides them so profoundly that they can’t even agree on how to pronounce the word: it’s To-rah to the Christians and To-rah to the Jews.
My source is a Canadian Jewish ex-Episcopalian, Barrie Wilson, who lectures at a University in Toronto. I hope you find this enlightening.
Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.”
Jesus practised Judaism throughout his life and never converted to another religion nor started one. His parents were both Jewish. After his birth, his mother, Miriam (known as Mary in the West) had a mikvah or ritual bath and went through a purification process. At 8 days of age, Jesus was circumcised, as all Jewish baby boys always have been.
Here is a list of the distinctively Jewish day-to-day activities that Jesus participated in:-
- Recital of the Shema prayer twice a day,
- Wearing a tallit (prayer shawl) when praying,
- Strapping on tefillin (arm and headbands) when praying,
- Displaying a mezuzah on the doorpost of the family home,
- Starting the Shabat (Sabbath) celebrations at sundown on the Friday, while enjoying a family meal and prayers and songs led by his father Yosef (Joseph in the West),
- Observing the kosher dietary laws,
- Following the ten commandments,
- Keeping the Shabat and attending shul (synagogue),
- Celebrating all the annual Jewish festivals such as passover and Succoth.
Jesus’s earliest followers were all Jewish, and he participated and preached in the synagogue services. His teachings dealt exclusively with the Jewish issues of the day:
- How to interpret the strict Torah laws correctly,
- When is the kingdom of God going to come,
- How to behave righteously.
(This topic merits more attention, and I hope to devote a post to it shortly.)
Finally, Jesus was executed by the Romans as ‘King of the Jews’.
How can a Christian hope to get into Jesus’ mind without first immersing him/herself in Judaism?
And, if a Christian is trying to emulate Jesus, how come they’re still eating bacon for breakfast? (etc., compile your own list.)
Wilson, Barrie “How Jesus became Christian” St Martin’s Griffin (2008)