...BUT JESUS WAS A JEW.
“ON THAT OLD JEWISH AND PROTESTANT EXCUSE”
In the Old Testament, no matter in which language, the word "Jew" is never applied to Adam, Seth, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, King Saul, King David, or King Solomon. The word translated in many English versions as "Jew" first occurs in 2 KINGS 16:6,(and then only in translations revised in the eighteenth century) and it refers to those of the territory of the two tribes, that is, the men of the kingdom of Judah in the south ("Judah" is from the Hebrew; "Judaea, Judea" is Latin from the Greek "Ioudaios"), as opposed to those in the kingdom of Israel in the north, the territory of the ten other tribes. According to the Oxford English dictionary (1978), the word "Jew" (Gyv) occurs for the first time in English c. 1275 A.D.
The Lord Jesus Christ lived on Earth as a Judaean (in the LXX “The Septuagint”, Or what the Protestants erroneously call-Fie! the “Alexandrian Scriptures”and New Testament, "Ioudaios") in that He was a member of the tribe of Judah (a tribe named for one of the sons of the Patriarch Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham)---as was prophesied of the Messiah in GENESIS 49:10: Christ will be the King of Judah, the King of the Judaeans, the King of all Israel, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Christ's Life on Earth was an enfleshment of the Divine economy: in Him the Old Covenant, given to Old Israel to prepare her for Him, was passing away, was being brought to its fulfillment in the birth of His Church (Which Today is the Orthodox Catholic Church aka. The Eastern Orthodox Church, or the Greek Orthodox Church), the New Israel. Christ therefore "fulfilled all righteousness" (MATTHEW 3:15): He was obedient to the very Law He had given to Moses some thirteen hundred years before. This is a dimension of His kenosis, His self-emptying for the salvation of all who wanted Him. He was circumcised, baptised, wore tassles from the corners of his garment, told the Samaritan woman that "salvation is from the Judaeans"---meaning, the ten other tribes (the kingdom of Israel) had been absorbed by Assyria in the eighth century B.C., and the center of what God had until then revealed was in Judah/Judaea. Christ, though, lived on Earth not just as a Judaean, a member of one of only two remaining tribes (the other being Benjamin) but as a member of Old Israel, the people who kept the oracles of God and awaited the fulfillment of His promises---for it is from within the Old economy that God establishes the New. As an Israelite, Christ tells the non-Israelite Samaritan woman: "...The time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain (Gerazim, in Samaria, in the northern kingdom of Israel) NOR in Jerusalem (in the southern kingdom of Judah/Judaea)...A time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth (in My Church, The Orthodox Christian Church, The Orthodox Catholic Church)..." (JOHN 4:21,23). The one true God always desired Israel to be composed of all nations; Israel, though, very often said NO! to God. Christ, then, is God in His human nature offering sacrifice on behalf of Israel's sins: Israel cannot save herself, so God will save her in Himself, in His Church the New Israel, His Body---just as He had promised in post-Fall Eden, and had been promising through His holy prophets for centuries. Christ is Who every true Israelite (and all the nations) had been yearning for, dreaming of, waiting for. And yet: Saint Paul teaches that "they are not all Israel which are Israel" (ROMANS 9:6).
Christ most certainly was not "Jewish" in the sense meant by modern Jewish spiritual descendants of the Pharisees, so-called "Orthodox Jews", for these spiritual descendants, by rejecting Christ, are not Israel: and neither were those Pharisees who'd done the same. Neither the Jews who wrote down the oral law of those Christomachist (Christ-Fighting) Pharisees in the normative Jewish work known as the Talmud (completed c. 500 A.D.), which places Christ in hell, in boiling excrement and semen (GITTIN 57a) nor the "mystical" branch of those Pharisees (a member of which was the 13th century Moses de Leon, who wrote the ZOHAR [part of Kabbalah], passing it off as the work of the 2nd century A.D. Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai) which places Him on a dung heap filled with worms, with Mohammad and dead dogs and dead donkeys (ZOHAR III, 282a) have anything to do with Jesus Christ: they WANT nothing to do with Him. They are not His; He is not theirs. The Jews who composed these normative works of Judaism completely perverted the revelation of God, in order to exult in their own demonic traditions, which they picked up during their exile in Babylon (which did not end in the late 6th century B.C. [relatively few of the children of Israel returned to Jerusalem with Ezra and Nehemiah: most remained in Babylon] but lasted until the Moslems expelled them from the region in the 11th century A.D.), and to identify the Lord Jesus Christ with them is to be guilty of anachronism at best, and at worst, is a subversion of the economy of the Lord, He Who taught believers that all Judaeans, all the tribe of Judah, all inhabitants of Judah, ALL who rejected Him were "this generation," a phrase which in Greek (n autn genea) means those who share traits, especially negative traits, in this case the sin of having rejected Him. Those Judaeans who cut themselves off from Christ perpetuated a religion which defines itself in opposition to Him and His Church.
This religion is now called "Judaism," which is discontinuous with the revelation God gave Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and King David, since that revelation IS ABOUT CHRIST: this is a fact of salvation history. Judaism and its Jews, however, not only reject Christ but perversely excoriate Him: this is a fact of damnation history. The religion of present-day Jews (the synagogue of satan) has nothing to do with what the Lord Who is Yahweh revealed to Old Israel in the Old Testament, a revelation that, properly understood---that is, according to the mind of the Church---is Christian, for it was CHRIST Who is revealing Himself to Old Israel: "If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote of Me" (JOHN 5:46). "Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms" (LUKE 24:44). "The words of Moses are the words of Christ" (Saint Irenaios of Lyons, AGAINST HERESIES, Book IV, Chapter 2). Find someone today who identifies himself as an "Orthodox" Jew and ask him if he believes that Christ is Yahweh (when you see the Greek words "o wv" in the nimbus that surrounds Christ's head in ikons, you are beholding the Church's teaching that Christ is “He Who Is”, Yahweh, "the God of the Old Testament," Who is actually the God of both the Old and the New) or if he believes the teaching of Saint Irenaios. No "real" Jew believes that the Lord Jesus Christ was a "real" Jew. Indeed, a "real" Jew believes that Christ perverted Judaism, that He was an apostate Jew.
"Jewish" means accepting the synagogue's view of Christ---a false prophet, a deceiver who led Israel astray: therefore this term cannot honestly be retrojected into the Old Testament, since the Old Testament righteous were responding not to proto-Talmudists but to the pre-incarnate Christ. To call the Old Testament righteous men and women "Jewish" is to ahistorically assert that they were proto-Jews, spiritual ancestors of those who now inhabit today's synagogues. But this is not what the Lord Jesus Christ taught. He says to those Pharisees (spiritual fathers of modern "Orthodox" Jews) who were rejecting Him by claiming that only Abraham was their father that "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see MY DAY" (JOHN 8:56). Again, all the Old Testament righteous were responding to the pre-incarnate Christ, Who in the Spirit reveals the Father.
Abraham was not even a Judaean (the twelve tribes did not yet exist), let alone a Jew, but a Gentile (from Mesopotamia) to whom the Lord God (Christ) condescended to reveal part of His plan for mankind. Since the twelve tribes did not yet exist, how can we call Isaac and Jacob even Judaeans, let alone Jews, which is now, 2000 years after the Incarnation, the term for the synagogue (of satan), that is, the rebellious men and women who throughout the centuries have continued to reject Christ and therefore God? Isaac did not reject the preincarnate Christ Who was saving Israel: indeed, Isaac is a type of Christ; Jacob not only did not reject Christ, but prophesied His reign. Moses was of the tribe of Levi and a member of Old Israel. God made him prophet and Lawgiver. Moses prophesied that God would "raise up for (Old Israel) a prophet like you (Moses) from among their brethren" (DEUTERONOMY 18:18): this prophecy is about Christ. And so is every word of the Law, if understood according to the mind of the Church. King David was a Judaean in that he belonged to the tribe of Judah: but Judaeans are not necessarily Jews. King David prophesies about Christ: he is FOR Him, anticipatively. The entire Old Testament is about Christ. A Jew, however, is someone who accepts and perpetuates the teachings of Christomachist (Christ-Fighting) Pharisees, teachings which the Lord Jesus Christ condemned in terms so terrifying that we would do well to reread His words, lest we are tempted to believe the current Jewish (and Protestant) teaching that "Jesus was one of US." In WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT JEWS AND JUDAISM,
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein writes (parenthetical remark mine): "Pharisaic Judaism became normative Judaism. Its principle features---the synagogue, the rabbi, prayer, Torah study, and belief in the oral law (which, though condemned by Christ as a perversion of the word of God which would "help" the Pharisees to reject Him, Jews later expressed in writing as the Talmud) became the modes of religious expression guiding Jewish life ever since. All Jewish life today therefore stems from the Pharisaic tradition and derives its central religious characteristics from it" (Word Books, Waco, TX, 1984, p. 258). Jews are those who hold to the false teaching that on Mount Sinai God gave Moses not only the written Law, but also a secret "oral tradition"---the very oral tradition that the Lord Jesus Christ condemns in his attacks on the Pharisees, thereby eternally separating Himself and His disciples from what was to become "Judaism."
True Christians (Orthodox Catholic Christians aka. Eastern Orthodox Christians) would do well to take this separation seriously, since it will continue on Judgment Day and into Eternity.
Jesus was a 'Judean', not a Jew.
During His lifetime, no persons were described as "Jews" anywhere. That fact is supported by theology, history and science. When Jesus was in Judea, it was not the "homeland" of the ancestors of those who today style themselves "Jews". Their ancestors never set a foot in Judea. They existed at that time in Asia, their "homeland", and were known as Khazars, a Turkic Tribe. In none of the manuscripts of the original Old or New Testament was Jesus described or referred to as a "Jew". The term originated in the late eighteenth century as an abbreviation of the term Judean and refers to a resident of Judea without regard to race or religion, just as the term "Texan" signifies a person living in Texas.
In spite of the powerful propaganda effort of the so-called "Jews", they have been unable to prove in recorded history that there is one record, prior to that period, of a race religion or nationality, referred to as "Jew". The religious sect in Judea, in the time of Jesus, to which self-styled "Jews" today refer to as "Jews", were known as "Pharisees". "Judaism" today and "Pharisaism" in the time of Jesus are the same.
Jesus abhorred and denounced "Pharisaism"; hence the words, "Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites, Ye Serpents, Ye Generation of Vipers".
THE END AND GLORY BE TO GOD!