“The idea of Christians as ‘true Israel’ goes back earlier than even the term ‘Christian’ does,” he told me. As Christianity began to separate from Judaism, this conviction was accompanied by a view that the Jews erred not merely in failing to recognize Jesus as the Messiah but also in interpreting their Scripture too literally. So the literal approach of contemporary fundamentalists like John Hagee “is a relative latecomer in the long history of Christianity,” even though it sells itself as “the one authentic form of Christianity.”
The real problem is that, fundamentally, this fetishistic view of Judaism and the role of Israel in the advent of the end times sees Jews as a people to be herded together so that another group can achieve its eternal reward. To me that’s a troubling catechism. It’s ultimately not so far from the “Christ-killers” narrative of yore, just with an Israel-friendly varnish.
Maud Newton, Oy Vey, Christian Soldiers
Look at that—a New York Times op-ed about the disgusting trend of Christian cultural appropriation of Judaism. It’s depressing as hell, but check it out.
Just a friendly clarification for those who do not know
Allah, the god of Islam, is NOT the same as Yahweh, the God of Judaism and Christianity. I hear a lot of people saying they share the same God, and they do NOT. there are several fundamental differences between the two. The god of Islam calls for works for salvation, and Islam believes that Christ was NOT the Son of God and is actually lesser than Muhammad. Judaism and Christianity share the same God, but have different beliefs about the Messiah. Christians believe Christ is the Messiah and fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, giving us a salvation we cannot earn by a gift of grace. Jews believe that the Messiah is yet to come but will in the future.
Please stop saying Allah is the same as Yahweh-Elohim, the God of the Jews and Christians. Thanks :D
from your friendly theology student~
Speaking as a Jew, I can tell that G-d in Islam is the same as G-d in Judaism. It’s Christianity that involves Jesus as a part of G-d, which is not something that Jews or Muslims believe. And Muslims revere Jesus more than the Jews. They revere him as a prophet, though not a Messianic figure or a son of G-d. Jews do not.
And remember, Allah isn’t the “god of Islam.” Allah is simply the Arabic word that means G-d. Jews and Christians that speak Arabic call G-d Allah as well.
From the blog of Krista Dalton (h/t: Rachel Held Evans)
The problem I have is that as Christians attempt to understand Judaism, they do so from a decidedly Protestant and/or Western mindset, and by doing so fail to comprehend Judaism at all. This attempt to understand “Jewishness” by piecemealing bits and pieces of the biblical text is perhaps not so much annoying as it is saddening to me. The modern Jewish experience deserves to be appreciated as it is and not what by what we can make it under our own ideologies.
Further, there is something different about wanting to understand Judaism, and wanting to understand Judaism in relation to Christianity as the “fulfillment of” Judaism. Often this rhetoric emerges from veiled or even outright claims to supersessionism, which to me, is the highest insult I could give to my Jewish peers. Can’t Judaism be allowed to stand without Christianity? Must my only exposure to Judaism be, as a Christian, in an attempt to define “it” to “my” faith?
Judaism as a religion is valuable, meaningful, and beautiful. And it is not mine. To attempt to articulate my religious experience as “superior” “replacing” or “negating” their experience because, after all, “Jesus was Jewish,” is a travesty.
Christians cannot reclaim their Judean origin so simply as if 2,000 years of history haven’t happened.
Christian-centrism is real…How people see…
“Ehmagawsh nuns are so adorable! I love Sister Act/The Sound of Music!”
“ehmagawsh, they’re so oppressed! YOU’RE SO OPPRESSED AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW, LET US SAVE YOU!!!”
For real though, nuns cover the exact same parts of their bodies as hijabis and Orthodox Jewish women, but no one is concern-trolling them. Nuns also live with severe restrictions on their personal lives that Muslim and Jewish women do not. I can count on one hand the articles by “feminists” about concerns over nuns and the church that controls them. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the “feminist” articles about “oppressed” Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women.
Feminism means acknowledging the autonomy of women and their rights to make their own choices. Some women choose to be nuns, some choose to wear hijab, and some choose to dress tznius. Calling women who choose to cover themselves a certain way “oppressed” is un-feminist. Only picking women of minority (in the West) religious groups to call “oppressed” is incredibly Christian-centric.
all these serious posts, I don’t know what’s gotten into me…
Facts and misconceptions about Azrael.
In Modern Judeo-christian traditions, there are many misconceptions about Azrael(a.k.a.) the grim reaper.
the number one misconception is that hes an entity of evil, which is entirely false.
He’s a Arch angel. of of the seven Arch angels Still celebrated in Orthodox and Eastern rite churches. At one time, there we’re people who even followed his philosophies(judeo-christian necromancers)
these being ideals such as:
the Idea that humans are a transcendent species and that death is a metamorphic stage of our life cycle.
That god(Yaweh or Jehovah) is the universe itself.
that all dead things must stay dead.
that funerals should be done without embalming.
that Christ died for our souls to gain entry into the after life.
That humans must learn about the world(limbo/the void) outside the veil(the veil is our dimension)
That’s really just the basics of old judeo-christian necromantic philosophy. I’ll post more if needed.
Speak for yourself. Except for one of your points, that is Christian necromantic philosophy, not Jewish. This really isn’t Jewish at all. The part about “Christ died for our souls,” might be a hint towards that direction.
Really, there isn’t such a thing as Judeo-Christian philosophy in the first place.