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Theo ch 3 - question that does not have a definitive answer...

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NT THEO 220-02 Ch 3 First-Century Judaism I have always wondered why Jews do not think Jesus is the Messiah. I was pleasantly surprised to find the answer in this chapter. Essentially, Jesus’ life and manner of death did not conform to what they prophesized. He did not free the Jews or fulfill God’s promises such as restoring the kingdom of David. I do not think this means Jesus is not the Savior. Perhaps the Jews interpreted some things incorrectly. One passage talks about how if someone is convicted of a crime and sentenced to death, they are under God’s curse and therefore could not possibly be the Messiah. In my view, the ‘crime’ Jesus was convicted of was man-made. It was man that cursed and condemned him, not God. I would like to know more about the personality of God. I know this is a very abstract
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Unformatted text preview: question that does not have a definitive answer. I only ask because in Chapter 3 it says that he describes himself as the Jealous One. This contrasts to my understanding that God is about compassion and forgiveness. Are they saying that God is both jealous and compassionate or is this simply an Old Testament idea versus a New Testament image? To me, these traits seem to contradict each other, but I could be wrong. My question is why do the Israelites have so many laws they have to obey? There are rules concerning the Sabbath and not working, circumcision, sacrifices, and what one can eat. What purpose does each of these serve? For instance, if I sin, how will killing a goat upon an alter make amends? Plus, if those are the rules, how come we no longer follow (all of) them?...
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