Why didn’t the Jewish culture except Jesus as the messiah? Do they still expect a Messiah to come?
- Anonymous2 months agoFavorite Answer
Jesus is simply not a part of Judaism. He is irrelevant to our religion. To ask a Jew, "why don't you believe in Jesus?" is like asking a Christian, "why don't you believe in Zeus?"
We don't teach anything about Jesus, because he's not part of our religion. In your religious institutions, you study your own religion; you don't study every other religion in the world and explain why they're wrong. We do the same. We don't study why we don't believe in Jesus, because he's simply not a part of our religion. When we discuss Jesus, it's usually in response to attempts to convert Jews, which are more common and more aggressive than most non-Jews realize.
OK, so why don't Jews believe in Jesus?
The first thing you need to understand is, we do not believe in the Christian "New Testament." It's not part of our Bible. Many Christians find this confusing: how can you accept one part of a book without accepting another part of the book. But the Bible is not one book; it's a collection of books. Jews, Catholics, Protestants and Mormons each have their own idea of what books belong in that collection. You wouldn't accept another religion's idea of what belongs in your Bible, so you shouldn't expect Jews to accept your idea of what belongs in our Bible.
But assuming for the sake of this discussion that the Christian scriptures have some basis in fact: Jews had a rather clearly-formed idea of the messiah and a messianic age long before Jesus came along, and Jesus just didn't live up to it. Jews expected the restoration of the Davidic monarchy and a just and peaceful society throughout the world, as foretold by the prophets during the age of the Babylonian Exile. The Jews of the Roman Empire desperately longed for that beautiful ideal as they suffered under Roman tyranny. They weren't looking for an incarnated god who would die and absolve them of their sins, because the sin and salvation aren't the core of Judaism, the way they are in many branches of Christianity.
From what three of the Christian gospels say, it appears that Jesus's own followers weren't expecting a suffering, self-sacrificing messiah. See, for example, Matthew 16: they knew that he was the messiah (v. 16), but Jesus had to teach them that he was going to suffer and die (v. 21), and even after he said this, Peter couldn't believe it (v. 22). It sounds to me like Jesus's closest followers were not aware of any Jewish teaching about the messiah suffering and dying, and they were not ready to believe it. The same pattern appears in Mark 8 (v. 28: they know he is messiah; v. 30: he teaches about suffering; v. 31: Peter doesn't believe it), and similarly in Luke 9 (v. 20: they know; v. 22: he teaches; the denial is not there); John never talks about this incident.
Jews don't believe that Jesus is the messiah because, quite simply, he never did any of the things that we expect the messiah to do, the things that the prophets proclaimed the messiah would do. See Mashiach: The Messiah. Christianity gets around this by saying that Jesus will come back to do all of those things. From a Jewish perspective, however, the messiah is identified by his tangible acts, and promises to finish the job in the future aren't going to convince us.
- 2 months ago
Almost all early Christians were in today's Greece, Asia Minor, and to some extent, Rome, not in Israel.Source(s): Bless you, my child.
- PaulLv 72 months ago
When Jesus was on the Earth, great numbers of Jews recognized Him as the long-awaited Messiah, and followed Him, becoming Christians. Some did not, which is why Judaism still exists today, still awaiting a Messiah Who has already come.
- 2 months ago
Many did except him but some also accepted Him
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- BMCRLv 72 months ago
It is not "culture".
Judaism has specific requirements for the Messiah. He didn't meet any of them.
- EddieJLv 72 months ago
The Jews back then didn't reject Jesus, per se. Jews were unaware of Jesus because he is probably a myth composed of a combination and exaggeration of stories about a number of men.
What Jews rejected were the stories about Jesus that they heard of decades later. The stories simply didn't resonate with Jews. Today's Christians are the spiritual descendants of the pagans that Paul converted.
Paul never met Jesus. He probably had an epileptic seizure on the road to Damascus which caused hallucination. Today, doctors know that epilepsy can cause an increase in creativity. Pagans enjoyed and accepted Paul's stories.
One thing we know for certain, creative humans tell fictional stories. Christians accept that all other religions are fictional.
So, have you gotten this far? Orthodox Jews still are waiting for a Messiah, however, they aren't waiting to worship a man. They are waiting for the things that he is supposed to accomplish, like ushering in an era of peace on Earth, thus ending persecution of Jews, and allowing the Temple in Jerusalem to be rebuilt.
The man will be mortal, like Moses. Christianity invented a completely different concept. Meanwhile, keep in mind that 2/3 of the world rejects Christianity, and Christians disagree about many aspects of their religion. It's unclear how many Christians REALLY believe. They may believe in the general concept of a creator God without caring about the other details.
- gillieLv 72 months ago
Jesus didn't fulfill any of the genuine Messianic prophecies. Jews know that going through the scriptures and finding out-of-context passages that can be twisted to look like prophecies proving that Jesus was the Messiah doesn't count. They know what the real prophecies are. The Messiah is supposed to be an ordinary human who accomplishes all the prophecies in one ordinary human lifetime. There's nothing in the prophecies about being a substitutional atonement for sin; that's something Christians just made up. There's nothing about a "second coming" either, and the belief that God can have a son is purely pagan.
- ob1knobLv 72 months ago
That's by definition the difference between Jews and Christians, the event that triggered the split.
BTW, why don't Christians accept Muhammad as their Prophet?
- yesmarLv 72 months ago
They didn’t “accept” him because he didn’t meet their expectations of what a savior was supposed to be. Neither did his followers, until they saw him risen from the dead.
- AnnLv 62 months ago
I believe that many of them were waiting for a more militant Messiah that would overthrow Roman rule.