The Idea of the Messiah between Jews and Christians? Different or a Mirror? - Pathfinder

The Idea of the Messiah between Jews and Christians? Different or a Mirror?

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      Abigail Rodriguez
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      Learning about the two trains of thought concerning the messiah in Jewish theology elicited both shock and interest. I was already familiar with the Jewish traditionalist view of the Messiah, but not the modernist view. The Jewish modernist view of the messiah was an interesting perspective to learn about because frankly, the idea of the messiah being an age brought upon by our own good works could be thought of as the complete opposite to the Christian notion of being saved by faith, not works. However, both thoughts somewhat mirror the Christian hope in our Jewish Messiah: Jesus Christ. As mentioned in the last lecture of this series, both modernist and traditionalist Jews believe that Jesus was not the Messiah for three reasons, reasons that are rebutted by Christian doctrine. The traditionalist belief of the Messiah being a person is mirrored in our belief in Jesus, while the modernist view is similar to our belief in Jesus second coming and his millennial reign here on earth as mentioned in the book of revelations.

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