6 Shocking New Discoveries About Jesus of Nazareth | TheBlaze.com

According to Orthodox Rabbi Schmuley Boteach, when Jesus is criticized for healing a crippled man on the Sabbath (John 5:1-47), Jesus quotes a legal precedent preserved in the Talmud to prove that his action is justified.

Boteach explains that the Torah commands that a male child be circumcised on the eighth day after birth, but if that day happens to fall on the Sabbath, the circumcision is still allowed even though it is “drawing blood.”

The Talmud draws from this exception the notion that medical procedures can and must be done on the Sabbath. According to Tractate Yoma, “if circumcision, which concerns one of the 248 members of the body, overrides the Sabbath, shall not a man’s whole body override the Sabbath?”

Boteach then points to the nearly identical reasoning used by Jesus for his justification of healing a crippled man on the Sabbath, recorded by John: “Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses may not be broken,” Jesus says, “why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? (7:23 NIV).

This suggests that Jesus was not an “illiterate peasant”—as many contemporary authors claim—but a highly trained rabbi fully conversant with the complex legal and religious debates in his day.

Source: 6 Shocking New Discoveries About Jesus of Nazareth | TheBlaze.com

A lot of these are only “new” if you were taught the things it debunks; that Jesus was a real Rabbi is hardly shocking or new!


4 thoughts on “6 Shocking New Discoveries About Jesus of Nazareth | TheBlaze.com”

  1. every time I am asked it I “found Jesus” my response is: “Have you guys lost him again? Try the Synagog, he’s a good Jewish boy, I hear.” For some reason, this never goes over well.

    1. They are kind of looking for a specific “personal relationship,” aren’t they?

      Kind of like how reading from three different sections of the bible, every single week, usually followed by a teaching on the tradition of the verses chosen somehow doesn’t count as reading the Bible….

  2. I didn’t realize they were saying Jesus was just a simple peasant. I seem to recall a verse or two regarding Jesus teaching in the temple when he was just a wee lad. Including at least once where he scared the bejesus out of his parents because they couldn’t find him. But, I haven’t attended Catholic services regularly for a number of years now, so I guess anything is possible.

    1. It’s usually framed more liked “you idiot Christians follow an illiterate nail-pounder from the middle of nowhere.”

      The Finding of Jesus in the Temple is rather a big deal; it’s even a decade on the Rosary!

      All of these are more along the lines of “research” like the one that tried to make things fit by assuming everyone with the same name was the same person. You’ve got to be very, very educated and focused on a subject to go for ’em.

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