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What Rabbis Have Said about Isaiah 53

by Jonathan Sacks

Compiled by Jonathan Sacks The passage known as “Isaiah 53” actually begins at Isaiah 52:13 and includes the entire 53rd chapter of the Book of Isaiah.  This passage speaks in detail of the life, suffering, and death of Messiah.   (This passage is quoted at “Ten (10) Reasons Why Isaiah 53 Can Not Refer to Israel”.)   […]

Ten Reasons Isaiah 53 Cannot Refer to Israel

by Jonathan Sacks

Compiled by Jonathan Sacks: The passage known as “Isaiah 53” actually begins at Isaiah 52:13 and includes the entire 53rd chapter of Isaiah.  This passage speaks in detail of the life, suffering, and death of Messiah.   (This passage is quoted below.)   The overwhelmingly dominant Jewish view throughout history has been that this extended passage speaks […]

Psalm 22

by Jonathan Sacks

Psalm 22, a Psalm written by King David, is dramatic and unusual in a number of ways.  To many it appears to describe the crucifixion of Yeshua (Jesus) in great detail, even speaking of the piercing of his hands and feet.  Because crucifixion was not heard of when King David wrote this Psalm, and was […]

Does the Jewish Bible Indicate When the Messiah Would Die?

by Jonathan Sacks

Compiled by Jonathan Sacks Both scriptures, Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22, establish that the Messiah would die.  We are told that He would die as a kapporah, or atonement, for our sins.  This leads to an important question.  Does the Jewish Bible (Hebrew Scriptures or Tanakh) give any indication as to when He would die?  […]

Messiah’s Birth According to the Jewish Bible

by Jonathan Sacks

Compiled by Jonathan Sacks The Jewish Bible not only speaks of Messiah’s suffering and death (See “Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up” for a detailed treatment of this), but also describes his genealogy, birth, life, and time of his coming in significant detail.  Herein are numerous passages from the Jewish Bible that describe Messiah’s […]

Messiah’s Genealogy According to the Jewish Bible

by Jonathan Sacks

Compiled by Jonathan Sacks  The Jewish Bible not only speaks of Messiah’s suffering and death (See Psalm 22) for a detailed treatment of this), but also describes his genealogy, birth, life, and time of his coming in significant detail.  Herein are numerous passages from the Jewish Bible that describe Messiah’s genealogy. All the verses that […]

Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up?

by Jonathan Sacks

Today, Jewish people have various concepts of the “Messiah.”   Of those who believe in a literal Messiah, most hold that the Messiah will bring world peace.  To this notion, some add that the Messiah will deliver Israel from her enemies, re-gather Israel from the Diaspora, and then rule over the earth.  Some say that we […]

Since When Does God Have a Son?

by Jonathan Sacks

Many Jewish people today believe that Gentiles made up the idea that God has a Son.  Why would God need to have a Son?  This concept seems foreign, pagan, and even idolatrous.  It is seen as claim unique to the New Testament with no place in Jewish thought, like some sort of “goyisha boobe-myseh” (Gentile […]