Did Jesus consider Himself to be a "Jew" or "Judean"? Is there a difference?
Was Jesus a Jew or Judean?
He was called several things in the Bible. King of the Jews, Jesus of Nazareth, an Essene, Son of Man, Son of God, and King of Kings, King of the Jews. He was born in Bethlehem. Take your pick!
Jesus was born into the Jewish bloodline. Have you ever read the begats in the old testament, there you go. King of the Jews.
Jesus appeared to be quite familiar with Torah and so probably condsidered himself to be a jew as the hebrews were already being called during his time. It is less clear if would have condsidered himself Judean because that term denotes a place. Jesus was from Galilee which was not a part of Judea, although he did travel between the two at times during his ministry.
Like @Lady Guinevere says, he was many things.
He might even have considered himself a citizen of the Roman empire. Officially, he was. But earthly labels didn't concern him. He was sent to help the Jewish people return toward God and to give them a new covenant to fulfill the purpose of the Laws -- the reawakening of the true self (Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, immortal soul), within.
I'm surprised by some of these answers. Yes. Jesus was Jewish, but he considered himself a Galilean Jew; not a Judean Jew. Judea and Galilee were semi-independent puppet kingdoms after a group of Jewish leaders overthrew the Macedonian governors centuries before the Levant was conquered by the Romans. During the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar, Judea was made a province of Rome, while the Jewish state of Galilee remained independent. Jesus lived his entire life in Galilee until he made his famous trek into the contentiously occupied province of Judea. He made no friends there and was crucified soon after trying to promote a rebellion against the Romans.
"He (Yeshua)...was crucified soon after trying to promote a rebellion against the Romans."
You started out flying high then crashed and burned. Pontius Pilate found no offense in Christ. It was the Jewish leaders that wanted Christ dead - not Rome.
Frankly, I don't think Christ Yeshua really cared all that much about it other than to prove His lineage to King David, in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. As He said, " My kingdom is not of this world."
by Rina Pinto 6 years ago
What is the difference between these two men? What is the difference between betrayal and denial?
by days leaper 8 years ago
If Jesus was teaching forgiveness, Why did Judas hang himself?Was Judas as bad as claimed? It was after all his first and only act of stepping outside the orthodox /set up -if that's the right word. Did he give up his right to discipleship with this act?
by Julianna 6 years ago
In the Bible it is clear that Jesus was Jewish. You will find it written multiple times, however what religion was he leading the followers to? Catholicism believes that Jesus told Peter, " And I say unto thee, thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hell...
by jomine 7 years ago
some say jesus was born in 4BCE some say 4CE.gospel mark say he was born in galilee, mathew say in judeaany one know?
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