Part I: Introduction
Part II: The Jewish Jesus: A Partisans
My Jewish reading of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels puts him in history and not in divinity. The Jesus of different Christologies could never find support in Judaism, since the God-man of the hypostatic union is foreign to Judaisms teaching on absolute monotheism. As the promised Messiah, he did not meet the conditions which the prophetic-rabbinic tradition associated with the coming of the Messiah. Indeed, there was no harmony, freedom, peace and unity in the land of Israelsigns of the messianic ageand enmity and strife abounded everywhere. Not a false but failed Redeemer of the Jews, as witnessed by the words of the King of the Jews at the cross: Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani (My God, my God, why have You forsaken me)?
By Zev Garber
Professor Emeritus and Chair of Jewish Studies,
Los Angeles Valley College
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