Was Jesus Jewish?


Was Jesus really Jewish?

"Suppose ye that I came to bring peace on earth. I tell you NO!"
                               Luke 12:51


   Christian educators tell us Jesus was the son of a Jewish carpenter. They also tell us that Jesus came to bring "peace on Earth." The Bible however tells a different story.

   First of all we might want to clarify Jesus' lineage. It is thought that Jesus was Jewish because his father Joseph was Jewish, but the Bible says Joseph went to his hometown of Bethlehem for the Roman census (Luke 2:1-5). The Wisemen told Herod that a king of the Jews had been born in the town of Bethlehem, so Herod sent his soldiers to Bethlehem to kill all the children 2 years of age and under in order to be sure he would not be threatened by this newborn king. Strangely it is Rachel who weeps as the children are being killed, and Rachel's children were descended from the blessed tribe of Joseph, not Judah. So the children Herod's soldiers were killing were not Jewish. In the time of Jesus the town of Bethlehem was located in the area of Judea occupied by the children of Ephraim, who were Joseph's sons and carried God's blessing passed down to them by Jacob.

   Secondly, Matthew lists Joseph's lineage from Abraham through Judah to Joseph, but Luke also lists Joseph's lineage, and Luke's list differs from the list of Matthew. So who's right? Maybe neither. And no member of the tribe of Judah would ever name his son by using the name of another tribe. All this may not matter anyway, since Joseph wasn't the biological father of Jesus. The Bible tells us that Mary was already pregnant before she married Joseph, so it is still possible that Jesus was Jewish.

   Some people think Jesus was Jewish because his parents circumcised him. But the fact is that all twelve tribes went to Synagogue and circumcised their children in the time of Jesus. Circumcision was in fact practiced by many Bedouins in the Middle East long before the Jews arrived.

   And all this talk about Jesus coming to bring peace on Earth is in direct opposition to what Jesus told us in Luke Chapter 23:51 where he states that he did not come to bring peace but instead came to set the father against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, and daughter against mother. Churches that teach Jesus came to bring peace on Earth should probably spend more attention to studying the word of the Hebrew prophets.

   Jesus cursed the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem because they turned from the worship of God to the worship of wealth. The Jews don't recognize their own Messiah to this day, but there is one biblical reference that does establish Jesus as being Jewish. The Bible refers to Jesus as the "Lion of Judah," and the Jews of the world need to pay attention to this reference if they want to change their ways and achieve salvation.

   If you want to know the truth, you'll have to glean it directly from the Hebrew prophets themselves, and not from the church leaders who preach their personal views on the message of the Holy Scriptures. If you want to know the real truth about Bible history, you can simply click one of the secure book links on this webpage to purchase your book by Edward Oliver.