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Rabbinic Writings and the Messianic Prophecies
Is Jesus the Predicted Messiah?
Is Jesus Christ the Messiah predicted by the Hebrew Prophets of Holy Scripture? Could God have provided a predictive road map that leads to the Messiah? If Jesus is the Messiah, why was He rejected by the Jewish nation of His day? If the Jewish (Hebrew) people are the “custodians” of the Scriptures, why could they not see that Jesus was the Messiah prophesied in its pages? If Jesus is the Messiah, why do Jewish rabbinical and Hebrew Scriptural scholars today still dispute His claims to fulfilled prophecy? Can we find answers to these questions?
In this examination we will look at the Christian Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) prophecies that are claimed by the writers of the New Testament to have been fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth. Were these prophecies considered Messianic by the rabbis of ancient Israel only to be rejected by the more modern rabbinical scholars? Do the New Testament authors have valid grounds for the claims of fulfilled Old Testament Scriptures in the historical person of Jesus Christ? In order to answer these questions, we have to look at the evidence with as much of an open, non-biased mind as possible. Of course, we all bring our biases to any investigation of this kind and sometimes sincere, gracious and honest individuals have to agree to disagree. However, there is a level of evidence which can lead us to believing something to be true “beyond a reasonable doubt”. I believe that we have that kind of evidence here. Let’s begin.
The Hebrew word “mashiach” (messiah) “anointed one” is translated in Greek as the word “christos” which is translated into English as “christ”. The New Testament was written in the Greek language and the identification of Jesus throughout the New Testament is “Yeshua Christos” -“Jesus Christ” or in other words “Jesus, the Messiah”, “the anointed one”.
“And the high priest arose and said to Him (Jesus), I put you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God! Jesus said to him, It is as you said. Matthew 26:63,64.