I read with interest Linda Dangoor-Khalastchi’s
review in The Scribe No 71 p 29 of the book “On
being a Jewish Christian” by Bishop Hugh Montefiore.
I learned some things I didn’t know about
this brilliant author. I had forgotten he was Jewish.
Given his last name I thought he was of Italian
Towards the end of the review she comments upon
an apparent contradiction:
At the end, in his “personal view”,
he laments “it is sad….large numbers
of Jews marry non-Jews, there is assimilation to
Christian customs….sad because a strong Jewish
community is an asset to this country…. “But
forgets that two pages earlier he wrote: “
Naturally, I wish that all Jews would become Christians,
in Israel and elsewhere….”
He should make up his mind.
The New Testament is clear that the Jews are the
Chosen Tribe of God and Jesus will never abandon
his people. Jesus claimed to be the fulfilment of
all prophecy and the law of Moses. This indicates
a continuum, not a departure from Judaism.
The Gentiles were of secondary importance to Jesus.
Saving the Jews was his first priority. This is
painfully evident in an incident where a Gentile
woman approaches him and asks for a blessing. Jesus
is shockingly blunt with the woman, to the point
of being rude, comparing her and her tribe of non-Jews
to dogs: Mathew 15:22
Similar incidents appear in: Mark 7:23 ; Mathew
25:40 ; Luke 19:9 ; Luke 22:25
As far as we know Jesus never preached to any audience
other than Jews.
There is no contradiction. When Hugh Montefiore
wishes for all Jews to be Christians I’m sure
he looks at it as fulfilment of their Judaism.
Benjamin of Tudela claims to have
found the Lost Tribes of Israel,
Do you know where the ancient Persian town of SABA
is? Is it in modern Iran or Iraq?
Was Abram a Chaldean? If so, then the Chaldean language
must be very similar to Hebrew. Is this ancient
Chaldean dialect still spoken?
Webster Dictionary has this definition:
“Chaldee – the Aramaic vernacular used
as the original language of some parts of the Bible”.
In answer to your queries:
-The ancient Persian town of SABA is likely to be
near the town of Amara in Iraq.
-Abram was not a Chaldean but he was a Hebrew. The
name derives from his ancestor Eber. Abram spoke
-The ancient Chaldean dialect is still spoken in