What verses do Jews accept as prophesies of the Messiah and how are they interpreted?

Hello,

Could a Jew, or someone who is well educated in Judaism tell me what Jews consider to be prophesies of the Messiah and how they are interpreted?

Thanks in advance!

allabouttruth.org/messianic-prophecy.htm

from that website:

“Jesus said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’” Luke 24:44 (NIV)

The Old Testament verses are the prophecy; the New Testament verses proclaim the fulfillment.

Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23)
A descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16)
Of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14)
Of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1)
Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7)
Taken to Egypt (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:14-15)
Herod´s killing of the infants (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)
Anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17)
Heralded by the messenger of the Lord (John the Baptist) (Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1-3)
Would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35)
Would preach good news (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:14-21)
Would minister in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-16) Would cleanse the Temple (Malachi 3:1; Matthew 21:12-13)
Would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25; Matthew 21:4-11)
Would enter Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9)
Would be rejected by Jews (Psalm 118:22; I Peter 2:7)
Die a humiliating death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) involving:
rejection (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; 7:5,48)
betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:3-4; John 13:18)
sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15)
silence before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-14)
being mocked (Psalm 22: 7-8; Matthew 27:31)
beaten (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26)
spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 27:30)
piercing His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:31)
being crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38)
praying for His persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34)
piercing His side (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)
given gall and vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21, Matthew 27:34, Luke 23:36)
no broken bones (Psalm 34:20; John 19:32-36)
buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60)
casting lots for His garments (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24)
Would rise from the dead!! (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31)
Ascend into Heaven (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9)
Would sit down at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3)

Do Jews today, who remain looking for their Messiah, still have the ability to trace back family lines?

A descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16)
Of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14)
Of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1)

Try these sources My Jewish Learning, Judaism 101 and Simple To Remember.

Should you need to be reminded of the verses that Christians think refer to Messiah, the two posts above this one should help.

Jewish Messiah Claimants at Wiki:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Messiah_claimants

I will have time to look at these sites tomorrow evening, but I wanted to thank you in advance. Thanks as well to the previous posters, but I wanted to learn it from a Jewish perspective.

I have no idea how authoritative this website is within Judaism, but it seems to be what you want: Messiah: the Criteria.

rossum

Why would the Jewish peoples wait throughout the centuries for a human whose life span at best in leadership would be 60 years?

Thanks again for all the links.

Do Jews believe that the Messiah will bring a new Covenant, or change the relationship between Jews and God?

We’re in the world of “on the one hand, while on the other hand, while on yet another hand . . .” speculation.

Yes, we’re pretty vague on these sorts of subjects, Judaism is a very ‘here and now’ religion. I think that Christians tend to think of Judaism as ‘Christianity minus Jesus’ which it just isn’t, Judaism doesn’t work like Christianity and it has different preoccupations.

Basically, Messiah will issue in the ‘Messianic Age’ - see My Jewish Learning.

From that site, it seems like prophesies of the Messiah, are like our prophesies of the Apocalypse. We are waiting for it and don’t know when or exactly how it will happen, but will be able to recognise it when it does. Is that correct?

So do Jews see no relation between Judaism and Christianity at all, besides us believing in God, Moses, Abraham and the Commandments etc? I like to see Judaism and Christianity as similar, but thinking of it from a Jewish perspective (not that mine is very educated), it is difficult to see it that way.

Yes, if I wake up tomorrow in Israel, I’ll know! :wink:

So do Jews see no relation between Judaism and Christianity at all, besides us believing in God, Moses, Abraham and the Commandments etc? I like to see Judaism and Christianity as similar, but thinking of it from a Jewish perspective (not that mine is very educated), it is difficult to see it that way.

Most Jews don’t think about Christianity at all.

I suppose what I’ve learned over the years is just how very different the two religions are.

Lol, that would be quite a shock! Do Jews not think about the Messiah much then? I thought they do because my mum said that the Star of David is used to represent Judaism because of the Messiah descending from the line of David.

Most Jews don’t think about Christianity at all.

I suppose what I’ve learned over the years is just how very different the two religions are.

That’s a shame as I’ve always assumed that Judaism and Christianity has a lot in common since the first Christians were Jews and we read the books of Moses.

It varies a lot - I expect in much the same way as Christians and the ‘Second Coming’.

That’s a shame as I’ve always assumed that Judaism and Christianity has a lot in common since the first Christians were Jews and we read the books of Moses.

Where it becomes most clear is in what I describe as how the religions ‘work’, what their foci are and so on. Many key concepts in one religion are pretty meaningless to the other.

Because the Messiah will usher in the Messianic Age. And we’re not just waiting. We’re keeping busy. For instance, I’ve been playing a lot of tennis.

lol

Thank you for your answers everyone! I learned that Judaism isn’t as similar to Christianity as I thought and am quite disappointed as I thought we had a lot in common.

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