Translated by V. Cetnic
The Christian faith is, to this day, seen by many as a part of Judaism – as a continuation, as a reform, or a completion of the Jewish faith – and Jesus as a Jew. And if these were true, the theory of Jewish cultural sterility would be fully denied.
Against this grave error – which darkens the understanding of things – we affirm, and will prove, in this annex:
That Jesus was not a Jew – and it is blasphemy, religiously, but also scientifically, to consider Him as such.
That the Christian faith is not part of Judaism – from which it does not develop, but, from the beginning, being against and disbanding it.
Firstly, the origin of Jesus may be considered from two points of view: the metaphysical, religious one and the physical, profane one.
From a metaphysical point of view, for all of those who believe – and he who does not believe, who does not have faith, is not a true Christian – Jesus is the “son of God,” the incarnation of the divine, from the Galilean Virgin Mary:
“And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed you are among women.’” (Luke 1:28)
The mystery of divine incarnation – a mystery only in the narrow understanding of humans – the Evangelist tried to bring closer to our understanding through philosophical interpretation: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
The divinity of Jesus, once admitted, excludes any form of nationality. In this domain, spiritually, the affirmation that “Jesus was a Jew” – being empirical – is either ignorance or blasphemy.
From a physical point of view, judging Him as human – as all of those who do not believe do – we know one thing for certain: that Jesus was a “Galilean.”
“And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.” (Luke 2:39) “And He said unto them, ‘Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum [in Galilee], do also here in thy country’.” (Luke 4:23) In Galilee He first preached the Truth. (Luke 4:44)
From Galilee were all of His disciples, from Magdala, Bethsaida, Capernaum, from the shores of Genezareth, or the “Sea of Galilee,” except one Judas Iscariot, a Jew – who betrayed Him in the end – from Kariot, fortress of the sons of Judah, near the border of Edom (Joshua 15:25). And after this, they were known as Galileans: “Then after an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying ‘Surely this fellow is also with Him, for he is a Galilean.’” (Luke 22:59)
“Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, He departed into Galilee . . .” (Matthew 4:12) “And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and He would not that any man should know it.” (Mark 9:30) For it was not safe except among the Galileans: “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.” (John 7:1)
(From A. C. Cuza, Naționalitatea în artă [Nationality in the Arts], second edition with appendices [Bucharest: Minerva, 1915], pp. 286-289.)
This text is included in the book The Teaching of Jesus: Judaism and Christian Theology by A. C. Cuza. The text is copyrighted in 2017 by The Order of the Enemy. Permission is granted for the text to be reproduced online provided that this copyright is included.
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