A Palestinian Jesus

A guest post written by the incorrigible Kay Wilson.

In light of the predictable libellous rhetoric from the Palestinian Authority against “Jews” and Israel during the Christmas season, here are a few facts.

The New Testament says, “Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea,” (Matthew 2:1). The Romans called it “Judaea” (Jew-dea), because funnily enough, that’s where “Jews” lived.

Israeli archaeologists discovered a 2700 year-old seal. Engraved in ancient Hebrew was the word “Bethlehem,” pointing to Jewish settlement that stretches back nearly 3 millennia.

Credit: www.bibleodyssey.org

There has not been one archaeological discovery that shows that there was ever a kingdom, a state or a country called “Palestine.”

Not one… in contrast of course to the hundreds that testify to the Province of Judaea and even earlier.

Hebrew has been spoken and written by Jews for 1000’s of years – as that Bethlehem seal testifies. There is no such language as “Palestinian,” and there never has been. Modern-day “Palestinians” speak several dialects of Arabic.

According to the New Testament, Jesus was circumcised, observed Jewish holidays, studied Jewish Law and wore Jewish clothes. (Luke 2:21, 2:41, 2:46, 8:44)

Today, Jesus would not be allowed into Bethlehem because the Palestinian leadership has declared it (like all other areas under their authority), to be “Jew-free.”

Jew free PalestineAnd if that wasn’t shocking enough, here’s one more…

The word “Palestine” does not appear anywhere in the New Testament or the “Old.”

Nowhere.

Nope. Nowhere.

Don’t forget that any viable peace must always, and only, be based on truth… and it is towards peace that I strive to make our world a better place.

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2 comments

  1. Excellent piece, to the point. May I make a slight sharpening of focus – the first time “Palestine” was used, it referred to Jews and was well before the Arabs had ever inhabited the place. I think that is the most important point to make to combat Arab claims to indigenous status “as Palestinians” in Judea and Samaria (if not all of Israel). Nothing more needs to be said.

  2. Kay is right that the New Testament correctly notes that the Romans called the province Judea. But how does God refer to the land in the New Testament? As “the land of Israel”! Matthew 2:19-21 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.