Wednesday, June 22, 2011

J.Post June 22: Jesus and Jews


Sir,– When discussing dialogue between Christians and Jews, it is imperative to point out that this is profoundly different from an attempt to establish congruity between Judaism and Christianity. The first is involved with the relationship between people of different faiths and is highly desirable, while the second seeks to explore areas of theological commonality and will ultimately end in obfuscation and perhaps ill will.

Considering that Jews until most recently were accused of the virulent crime of deicide, tortuous attempts to squeeze Jesus into Jewish theology are at best rather amusing.

There are indeed many candidates of Jewish origin who have caused paradigm changes in world thought and behavior and would legitimately fit the category of “failed messiah,” such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and the not-so-failed Lubavitcher Rebbe.

ZEV CHAMUDOT
Petach Tikva

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