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How to prove Jesus is the Messiah using the Tanakh (Old Testament) only

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Is Yeshua (Jesus) identified in the Old Testament?

Judaism teaches the death of the righteous brings atonement to the world. According to the Zohar: "As long as Israel dwelt in the Holy Land, the rituals and the sacrifices they performed [in the Temple] removed all those diseases from the world; now the Messiah removes them form the children of the world (2:212a). "Rabbi Hiyya Bar Abba said: "The sons Aaron [Nadab and Abihu] died the first day of Nisan.  Why then does the Torah mention their death in conjunction with the Day of Atonement? . . . it is to teach that just as the Day of Atonement atones, so also the death of the righteous atones." (Leviticus Rabbah 20:12)

Scriptures from Tanakh (the Old Testament) that reveal the death of the righteous atones:

2 Samuel 21:1-14; Numbers 8:19; Deut 24:16 (AJOJ - MB p. 295); 25:1-13; Numbers 35:25-28; Isaiah 53:4-6, 12

  • ‘On this day (i.e., Yom Kippur, Leviticus 16:30) on the mountain of the Lord, Isaac’s ashes shall be seen, heaped up and standing for atonement (Rashi, on Genesis 22:14)
  • The Rabbis said:  His name (Messiah’s name based on the context-emphasis mine) is the leper scholar as it is written, Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him a leper, smitten of God and afflicted (b. Sandhedrin 98b - refer to Isaiah 53:4 as talking about the Messiah)

Scriptures from the Tanakh that prove the divinity of the Messiah:

Genesis 3:15, 22; Genesis 11:6-7; Joshua 5:13-15; Exodus 3:2-6; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 11:1-3; 44:6; 48:16-17; Psalm 45:1-7; 110:1-4; Daniel 7:13-22; Proverbs 30:4; Zechariah 14:1-4

The Hebrew word used for "one" in Deuteronomy 6:4 is echad which means a composite unity. Rambam used yachid or yahid which means only one.