Was Jesus of Nazareth a Jew?

Have you noticed we’re living in strange times? One of the strange things I’ve noticed is that there are people now who call themselves Christians, yet deny that Jesus was a Jew. Why? Simply because they are desperately looking for ways to justify their hatred for Jews while denying they hate Jews. It’s weird. And evil.

Jewish candlesticksThese Jew-haters are making such outrageous claims, such as Jesus was a Judean, not a Jew; that theology, history, and science prove there were no Jews in existence anywhere during the lifetime of Jesus; that there is no ancient history referring to a race, religion, or nationality of anyone being called a “Jew”; that in none of the Old or New Testament manuscripts was Jesus ever referred to as a Jew; and that Pontius Pilate wrote on Jesus of Nazareth’s cross that he was “King of the Judeans,” not “King of the Jews.”

Once again this shows how people use the argument about “the original Hebrew and Greek says this-or-that” as a smokescreen to give their own private interpretation and to claim others who think differently–since those people don’t know Hebrew and Greek like they do–are beneath them, and to twist the scriptures. Simple etymology of the word “Jew” proves them incorrect. It is derived from the word “Iudaeum” in Latin, “Ioudaios” in Greek, and “jehudhai” in Aramaic, referring to the nation/tribe of Judah who were referred to as Judeans in the time of Jesus. Jews were also called “Judes” in German.

The words “Jew” and “Judean” are synonyms. It would be like calling Jehovah or Yahweh “Jah”, as was often done when “Hebrews” (another synonym for “Jew”) used God’s name as part of a person’s name or when they affectionately shortened his name in praise to him (see Ps. 68:4). The KJV is correct in how it translates. The Bible tells us plenty of times how Jesus was a Jew of the tribe of Judah (and, hence, a Judaean), including in the Messianic prophecies, and how the children of Israel were called Jews in both the OT and NT. The following incidents in the Bible prove it:

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: –Jacob’s prophecy of a Judaean (Jewish) Messiah in Genesis 49:10-11

At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day. 2 Kings 16:6

Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city. 2 Chron. 32:18

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Messianic prophecy of Micah 5:2

And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it. Luke 23:3

Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. … Jesus saith unto her, … Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. … The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. John 4:9, 21, 22, 25-26

Obviously, Jews followed a religion and were a nationality/ethnic group of people even in ancient times. Jesus proudly accepted and admitted to being a Jew to the Samaritan woman, to Pilate, and to the Jews themselves. His genealogy in both Matthew and Luke proves it. Anyone who says otherwise is deceived and a deceiver.

3 thoughts on “Was Jesus of Nazareth a Jew?

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  1. Thank you soooooooo much for this. I have an acquaintance doesn’t seem to have any clue that the OT and much of the NT is very Hebrew oriented. He told me he is trying to “find a bible that doesn’t have “Israel” in it. “ Well, I have no clue what he actually does know, he couldn’t have read much of the bible at all.

    I sent your article to him. Pray he reads it with an open heart

    Delia Reed


    1. People tend to think that other groups are worse than their own, especially in their hatred for Israel. But they have no clue God condemns hatred except when it’s directed at sin, that he said he would punish those he predicted would increase hatred for Israel in the last days, & that we all deserve hell but for the grace of God.


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