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Dear Rep. Omar: Jesus Christ Is Jewish, Not Palestinian.

Downplaying 9/11, attacking American soldiers who fought in Somalia, and anti-Semitism are not enough for the representative from Minnesota.  Now she is upping her game by taking on the Messiah.

Rep. Ilhan Omar retweeted “Don’t they (Christians) know Jesus was a Palestinian?”  If Omar actually read the Bible she would learn, very quickly, that Jesus Christ was not a Palestinian but rather a devout Jew.

First, Palestine doesn’t exist today nor, in the words of David Harsanyi, did it exist under the British Mandate, Ottoman rule, or “when the Palestinian were governed by governments in Jordan and Egypt (…when there was virtually no international pressure to create an independent Palestine).  It never existed in Biblical times either.

Yet, even more important is that the Christian Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was Jewish.  Yeshua kept the Sabbath, observed Passover, and taught in the Synagogue.

Omar does not even have to go to the Christian Bible to discover the Jewishness of Christ.  The Hebrew Bible consistently foretells the coming of Jesus Christ as Messiah.  Isaiah 53:5 is but one of the many verses that foretell this as “…he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”  It was also foretold that He would be resurrected and born of a virgin.

The Jewish Jesus consistently quoted from the Hebrew Scriptures and used it to not only counterattack but defeat Satan.  In Matthew 4:7 Jesus answered the devil, quoting Deuteronomy 6:16, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

In Judaism and in Christianity the Jews remain, through the Abrahamic Covenant, God’s Chosen People; a title that some are uncomfortable with as, if misread, it would imply being better than others though the Jews will be the first to tell you they are not better than anyone.  The Hebrew Bible clearly teaches that being chosen is not better but merely an instrument for the Glory of God.  Moses did not want to serve God and neither did Jonah who, like Jesus, came out of hell to new life after three days.  Yet they and many other reluctant people were chosen.

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