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Reply To: Did any of the similarities or differences between Christian and Jewish theology surprise you? If so, which/why?

Angela Lingg

As I was reading the differences between Modernist and Traditional Jews, it seemed that so much of what the traditional Jews believe is in-line with Christianity, but it diverges at recognizing Jesus as both the Messiah and as God himself. I was intrigued to learn that the traditionalist Jews do not believe the messiah they are waiting for will not be God. I knew that Jesus’ teachings on the trinity were new to the Jews, but Old Testament prophecies suggest that the coming Messiah will have supernatural powers. Perhaps the Jews see him has a more powerful prophet. Understanding this better made me consider just how mind-blowing and offensive Jesus’ message must have seemed to the Jews who did not believe. Jesus’ words were either the biggest revelation in history or blasphemy which the Jews believed was one of the worst sins.

Additionally, I thought the modernists Jews interpretation of the Messiah not as a person, but as an age to be very interesting. It makes me want to ask, “how will you know when that age has begun?”