Without Hanukkah, there’s no Christmas

When Palestinians and their supporters claim Jesus as their own and deny his Jewishness, they help recreate the conditions for atrocities against Jews

We point you to a really good essay by Sister Anastasia Kennedy from the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, an interdenominational, Lutheran-based religious order, founded in Germany in 1947, partly as apologists to the Jewish people.

Sister Anastasia Kennedy

If it weren’t for the victory over an evil regime bent on destroying the Jewish people and their heritage, the course of history would have been different. If Judaism had been wiped out, then arguably there would have been no Jesus of Nazareth born of a Jewish woman in the land of Judea, circumcised on the eighth day, presented at the Temple in Jerusalem, and raised as a son of the Torah.

Yet, these days, in the town of Bethlehem, His birthplace, a non-Jewish Jesus is proclaimed. Jesus has been reinvented as a Palestinian prophet and messenger.

Denying the Jewishness of Jesus is dangerous. In Nazi Germany theologians promoted an Aryan Jesus and a dejudaized Bible in an attempt to synthesize Nazi ideology and doctrine (Susannah Heschel, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany). Once you remove the Jewishness of Jesus, His Jewish kindred are fair game.

 

Read more at the Times of Israel

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