Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Seeing Judaism Anew: Christianity's Sacred Obligation,
Ed. Mary C. Boys, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, page xiv-xv
The second principle outlined in the introduction to this work is: Jesus of Nazareth lived and died as a faithful Jew.
Christians worship of the G-d of Israel in and through Jesus Christ. Supersessionism, however, prompted Christians over the centuries to speak of Jesus as an opponent of Judaism. This is historically incorrect. Jewish worship, ethics and practice shaped Jesus' life and teachings. The scriptures of his people inspired and nurtured him. Christian preaching and teaching today must describe Jesus' earthly life as engaged in the ongoing Jewish quest to live out G-d's covenant in everyday life.
While a good statement in itself, this misses the rather obvious point that all Jewish worship of the G-d of Israel is also in and through Yeshua the Messiah, even if they don't know or accept that. How is this so? Because G-d has declared Him to be the High Priest of Israel and all prayer is mediated through Him.