Considering the Polemic:
In a translation and interpretation of the Old Testament—the Tanakh—that Rev. Dr. A. Cohen edited, the following interpretations are offered:
Commenting of Genesis 18:1, “The LORD here means the three angels.”
Genesis 18:2, “three men. One to bring the tidings that Sarah would give birth to a son, the second to overthrow Sodom, and the third to heal Abraham; the last also went on from there to save Lot.”
Sun Myung Moon - Unification Church:
“At Easter time in 1935, Jesus appeared to the young Sun Myung Moon as he was praying in the Korean mountains. In that vision, Jesus asked him to continue the work which he had begun on earth nearly 2,000 years before. Jesus asked him to complete the task of establishing God's kingdom on earth and bringing His peace to humankind…
If Jesus called him to complete his mission, it meant that Jesus' mission was incomplete…
Jesus may have been rejected yet, the Talmud makes some very interesting statements that we ought to seriously consider because it is beyond question that something happened that changed the Jewish religion and thus, changed the world of Judaism forever.
In this parsed essay we will present some example of the charges of corruption made against Christianity and some examples of the Rabbinic manner of interpretation.
Part 1: The Charges (and the problems for those making them) Part 2: The Targumim Part 3: Targum Yerushalmi or Jerusalemand Targum Onkelos or Onqelosand Targum Jonathan or Pseudo-Jonathan Part 4: Fragmentary Targum and Targum Neofiti and Examples of Rabbinic Interpretation
Examples of Reinterpretations: Minor Tractates of the Talmud-Soferim 40b,
'Gladden us, O Lord our God,(1) with Elijah the prophet, Thy servant, and with the kingdom of the house of David, Thine anointed. Soon may he come and rejoice our hearts. Suffer not a stranger to sit upon his throne, nor let others any longer inherit his glory; for by Thy holy name Thou didst swear unto him, that his light should not be quenched forever.
With regards to the interpretation of the scriptures some of the conflicts amongst Jews and Christians are due to the fact that the Jewish understanding of the scripture has been, and is being, redefined and reinterpreted.
Some Rabbis, Torah teachers, Jewish scholars and particularly anti-missionaries are now claiming that Jews have always believed in things that Jews have actually not always believed and they claim that Jews have never believed things that Jews actually have believed.
In the month of Nisan, in the year when the Messiah appears, the Patriarchs will ask him whether he is displeased with Israel because of the affliction he endured on their account. The Messiah will reply that all he did was for the sake of the Patriarchs and the children of Israel, that they might benefit from God's abundant goodness. Then God will cloak the Messiah in something of the splendor of His own glory_
There seems to be two issues in dealing polemically with Psalm 22. One issue is whether v.16 should read "they pierced" as Christianity claims, or "like a lion" as Judaism claims. The second issue is the question of whether this Psalm is Messianic or not.
We will consider:
Part 1: Intro and Rabbinic Writings
Part 2: Rabbinic Writings (continued)
Part 3: Various Scholars
Part 4: Various Scholars (continued)