Crucifixion of the Jews: Book 1

INTRODUCTION

The term “Hebrew Bible” is used by many to refer to the Torah alone (and that is how this work employs the term). However, the term “Hebrew Bible” is also used by many, including Christianity, to refer to the entire TaNaKh.

Christianity refers to* the TaNaKh, the Jewish Canon, the Hebrew Bible, as the “Old Testament.”

Judaism collectively bristles at the term ‘New Testament’ juxtaposed against a so–called “Old Testament,” as the juxtaposition and the term ‘New Testament,’ in particular – implies an updated divine document,implies that a contemporaneous witness is relating the vignettes related,implies that a non–anonymous author stands behind the particular homily,implies at least co–equal ‘standing’ to the Torah,implies non–hyper–edited texts, and implies supersession (i.e. that Christianity displaces Judaism).

To Judaism, there is only one Testament, and it is not “new.”

However, the terms New Testament and Old Testament have been successfully implanted by the Church in global society.

* NOTE: The TaNaKh – the Hebrew Bible – ends with Chronicles II and the exhortation to rebuild the Temple. The so-called “Old Testament” – whose precise order was delineated by the Church Fathers – ends with Malachi, whose closing words are framed by Christianity as a prophetic foreshadowing of Jesus.

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