How Jewish is Jesus?
Honestly, this is a valid question concerning current theologies and doctrines in Christ-ianity. Anything but a Jewish Jesus shows up in most Christian conversations these days…he’s more Gentile in look and feel.
The Jesus we see in most Christian convo’s isn’t one overly concerned with Judiasm per se – with Jewish customs or rituals – with the clothing of the time – or even the Torah/synagogue per se. No, this Jesus in Christ-ianity seems rather unconcerned with his Jewishness or Jewish structure – I would almost think he was a version of Paul more than a version of himself.
I raise the question because the claim biblically is Jesus is Jewish and part of that culture. If this is so, then what about this person is actually Jewish from within those texts? From within his teachings? From within his very being and life? Anything?
It is a sensible question that hearkens at the core honesty/realism of Christ-ianity as a faith system – about being real to the core on the writings on Jesus – or from Jesus (although he never wrote – and for a person called the ‘word’ – this is rather strange). Maybe it is just me – but doesn’t Jesus seem Gentile in talk, manner, concern, and theology in most Christian circles? He seems…almost…like someone with no background at all sometimes…ah yes…the great melting pot Jesus.
I think this is what happens when we look at Jesus through Paul and not the other way around (my concern anyways) – we get this Jesus that seems non Jewish – brushed off the law – and basically anything Jewish in outlook – for some freedom? Oh the questions do abound on this issue.
Is Jesus Jewish? Or maybe he forgot he was? Or maybe he cast that aside? Nonetheless – what is the case for the Jewishness of Jesus? Does it matter?
PS: I raise these same questions about John and his gospel – and to some extent Paul – since their view of Jewish theology are…well…strange.