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in response to reader comment: Jewish Bible - Who Does One Think the Jewish Bible Was Written by- Even in Greek

Submitted by Anne Julienne (Australia), Dec 8, 2020 at 15:23

Indeed, no, the Hebrew Bible was not written in Greek but (mainly) in Hebrew. That it was (much) later translated into Greek and many other languages does not alter that plain fact. The Christian Bible is written mainly in Greek with some exceptions. No Hebrew word in it that I know of.

You can capitalise them all you like but WORD and LORD are English words. Both are deeply rooted etymologically in Old English and back further to Germanic origins. There is nothing Hebrew or even Greek about them.

When you pursue the WORD of the LORD, as you put it, you are essentially saying, following John's gospel, that Jesus is God. You cannot do this in any kind of Jewish context, whether ancient or current. You can only pretend to do it by Christianising the Jewish identity and nation. You are essentially converting Jews to your own religion and then claiming them as your ancestors and brothers.

In other words, you don't love them at all. Christian love, agape, should be offered unconditionally. You can't truly love the Jew only on condition that he first converts. You can only love him fully and completely by loving the rejection of Jesus that lies at the very heart of his identity. By insisting, as you do, that he first convert amounts to a rejection of Jesus' very message, especially as more fully described by Saint Paul.

Do as you will, M Tovey, but on this thread, expect a lecture from me if you keep Christianising Jews this way.

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