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"A Prophesy of Jesus in a Jewish Book"
Years ago, I talked with a rabbi about Isaiah chapter 53, when I mentioned that that chapter seemed to be speaking of Jesus of Nazareth prophetically. I remember the rabbi's response: "After 2000 years, what difference does it really make?" At the time, I had had no response, but what I THOUGHT of saying was "Well, for one thing, it means we've been WRONG for 2000 years about the messiah." But being raised Jewish, I wouldn't have talked back to a rabbi like that. This Thursday, we'll review the Book of Isaiah, especially chapter 53, and answer that question "What difference DOES it really make?", especially to the Jewish community, which still considers Isaiah as their prophet. Tune in and take notes! Your host: Rev. Rick Anderson, on "Jewish Roots" a live Internet podcast on blogtalkradio.com/fougcrew, each Thursday at 9:30 PM, EDT. To call in with a question or comment: 347-324-5759.
The Book of Isaiah is one of the longest books in the Hebrew canon of Scripture - all 66 chapters of it. Though the Synagogue has denied for nearly 2000 years, that Jesus of Nazareth is mentioned or even remotely referred to in this or in any section of the Hebrew Scriptures, that claim can be challenged, specifically from the 52nd and 53rd chapters. Why does it matter?
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