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Was Jesus a JEW?
Plain Truth Magazine
June 1956
Volume: Vol XXI, No.6
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Was Jesus a JEW?
Herman L Hoeh   
Church of God

Born: 1928
Died: November 24, 2004
Ambassador College: 1947
Ordained: December 20, 1952
Office: Evangelist

Is it a SIN to be a JEW? This article dares to expose the hate-the-Jew campaign cleverly masquerading as a patriotic "Christian" crusade!

   ADOLF HITLER once said: "Tell a lie BIG enough and often and the people will believe it!"
   With diabolical cleverness, Hitler's "Big Lie" has been rearing its ugly head here in America! And thousands are believing it!
   Today, it is fashionable to hate the evils of atheistic communism, which is plotting to enslave the whole world and destroy Christianity. But while the world fights the onslaughts of communism, the sinister doctrines of fascism the very doctrines of anti-Christ are being revived and preached under the guise of an anti-communist, patriotic, "Christian" crusade.
   Never in the history of Christianity has a more vicious doctrine been propagated than the "Big Lie" about the Jew. This lie strikes at the very nature and office of Jesus Christ!
   It is time we had the truth. It is time we examine the PROOF.
   Your salvation is at stake for if Jesus were not a Jew, THEN HE WAS AN IMPOSTOR and you have no Saviour'!

Who Is a JEW?

   Before we can prove whether Jesus was a Jew, we must first know what is a Jew.
   The anti-Semitic smear campaign which appeals to the emotions and not to sound reason is spreading the doctrine that Jews are not really Jews. (Remember Hitler's technique? the "Big Lie." It is the same as saying that Germans are not really Germans.)
   Therefore it is further contended that Jesus was not a Jew.
   Here is how many peddlers of this hate-the-Jew doctrine reason.
   The argument begins with the propaganda that Jews are really not Jews at all, but Asiatic Gentiles from Russia. Here is how the October 15, 1951 issue of the fascist New Jersey newspaper mis-named "Common Sense" attempts to explain it:
   "Americans are NOT told that of the total 'Jewish' population of the world more than 88% are the direct lineal descendants of the Asiatic, Mongoloid... barbarian tribal nation [the Khazars] which was converted to 'Judaism' in the 7th Century."
   Of course most Americans are NOT told this presumed fact because it is not true!
   Notice that the technique of this anti-Semitic and anti-Christian propaganda is to imply that you haven't been told the truth. The statement I quoted does not PROVE that over 88% of Jews are really Asiatic barbarians it merely implies it. It sounds convincing, but it is not true. It is a "BIG LIE" if I may borrow one of their own expressions.

The Devil's Technique

   The true facts which you can verify in any reputable history are that the Jews, long after they were driven into captivity from Palestine, migrated throughout the Roman Empire. Following later medieval religious persecution they migrated en masse to Russia from Central Europe. The Jews are not the native Mongoloid Khazar Gentiles of Southern Russia, which were converted to Judaism in the 7th century. Those Gentiles were conquered by Russia, lost their adopted Judaic religion under Russian Orthodox oppression, and still dwell around the Black Sea today! See the Encyclopaedia Britannica, article "Khazars."
   Let me give you one more quotation.
   The article continues by blatantly seating: "Christian Americans are NOT told that less than 4% of the 'Jewish' population of the world are legitimately 'Semites.' Christian Americans are NOT told that 96% of the 'Jewish' population of the world never at any time in their history had a racial or historic connection with the 'Semites' in Palestine. HISTORY PROVES THAT."
   History proves no such accusation. These statements are deliberate falsehoods.
   Notice again the deceptive plot to use the "BIG LIE" to use percentages that seem accurate, but have no basis whatsoever in fact. This is the same technique that the serpent used on Eve in the garden of Eden saying "Yea, God did NOT tell you that 'you shall not surely die.'" Satan didn't prove anything to Eve. He appealed to emotion and used the clever deception of the BIG LIE and Eve believed it! And thousands fall for the same lying propaganda today.

Communism Is NOT Jewish

   There is a subtle reason for implying that almost all Jews are barbarians from Russia masquerading as Jews. It is an attempt of fascists to direct attention away from themselves by pinning the label of communism on all Jews. Since Communism is associated with Russia, the technique is to associate the Jews with Russia. That implies that Jews are Communists.
   The flaw in this reasoning is that communists constitute a political party, not a race. Of course there are Jewish communists so are there German communists, French communists, Italian, English and American communists, and Chinese communists. Communism is a world-wide conspiracy to enslave man to the communist party. It is not a racial or Jewish conspiracy.
   The best proof you can find against the accusation that communism is Jewish is that RUSSIAN COMMUNISM STANDS OPPOSED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ZIONIST JEWISH STATE IN PALESTINE. Yet, strange to say, fascists claim that Zionism is a willing tool of atheistic communism! What deception!
   To proceed with the argument:

Bible Defines a "Jew"

   It is further taught that the word "Jew" was coined in the 17th century in the English language and that therefore Jesus was not a Jew because He lived about 16 centuries before the word "Jew" was formed by English-speaking people!
   Yet these same anti-Semites claim that the "JEWS" killed Christ!
   Let's understand the truth.
   The word "Jew" is merely a late English form, and a shortened form, of
The newspaper and pamphlets you see in this photograph typify the campaign now being waged against the Jews. Jews are usually declared "Christ-killers," while Christ is falsely declared not to be a Jew! Beware of this literature. See PDF for Picture
an older English word "Judean." The word "Judean" means a man descended from the patriarch Judah or one descended nationally from the House of Judah or Kingdom of Judah. Christ descended from Judah. He was a Judean. HE WAS THEREFORE A JEW! Nothing could be plainer.
   Notice John 7:1:
   "And after these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for He would not walk in Judaea, because the JEWS sought to kill Him."
   Notice that the Jews were in Judaea, in Palestine, during the time of Christ. They sought to kill Him. The original inspired Greek word translated "Jews" in this verse is Ioudaioi, meaning "men of Judah." A Jew is one descended from the House of Judah. That is the exact meaning of the shortened English word "Jew."
   Now let us notice the simple proof that Jesus descended from Judah that Jesus was a Jew.

Jesus Was a JEW!

   Turn quickly to Hebrews 7:14: "For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out of Judah."
   In Revelation 5:5 Jesus Christ, who gave His life as a lamb, is called the "Lion of the tribe of Judah" for He is returning as a lion to conquer the nations. Jesus is of the tribe of Judah, a Jew.
   Jesus "came unto His own ' Judah, the Jews ' and His own received Him not" (John 1:11).
   Christ is the Prince of Peace or Chief Ruler. Notice: "For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him [Judah] came he that is the Prince" or "Chief Ruler" Christ (I Chronicles 5:2).
   Turn next to Genesis 49:10: "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah..." The sceptre is the promise of Salvation and of a kingly line. It was not to depart from Judah. Either Christ is of Judah hence a Jew or He is not the Messiah or King of the Jews descended from David. If He is not the Jewish Messiah, you have no salvation!
   According to the genealogy recorded by the inspired historian Luke, Jesus descended from Judah and from David through His mother Mary (Luke 3:31, 33).
   Compare this with Matthew's record: "A genealogy of Jesus Christ, David's Son, Abraham's Son" (Mat. 1:1). If you continue reading Matthew's record you find that David descended from Judah, the first Jew; and since Christ descended from David, He was also a Jew.
   Jesus recognized that He was a Jew. Notice carefully:
   In His conversation with the woman at Samaria, Jesus said to her: "Ye" the Samaritans "worship ye know not what" they were ignorant of the true God. But observe how Jesus continues: "We" speaking of Judah, the Jews" We worship what we know; for salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22).
   Notice Jesus used the personal pronoun "we," by which He included Himself among the Jews.
New homes in Jewish Palestine being built by Jews. The common story circulated by anti-Semites that Jews don't work with their hands for a living is absolutely false. WIDE WORLD PHOTO (See PFD for Picture)
What stronger proof do we need that Jesus knew He was a Jew?

Jesus Inherited Jewish Traits

   Jesus does not look like the pictures you see of Him in paintings and on crucifixes. He did not have long hair. The so-called picture of Jesus is merely a continuation of the ancient picture of Tammuz, the false Gentile Messiah, the illegitimate son of Semiramis (or Ishtar).
   Observe that the Jews could not distinguish Jesus from any other Jew. His neighbors thought He was the son of Joseph and Mary (Mat. 13:54-56 and Luke 4:22). [This fact, by the way, proves that Jesus was not a Negro a view held by numerous colored people. The verse in the Song of Solomon (1:5) is not referring to Solomon. The black woman of this verse may have been the Queen of Sheba!]
   Pilate thought Jesus was a Jew when he looked at Him. "Thy nation" the Jews "delivered Thee to me," he said (John 18:35). Judas had to kiss Jesus in order to point Him out among His disciples during that fateful evening of the Passover full moon. If Jesus were not a Jew, the Jews could easily have distinguished Him from the disciples.

Jesus Had Jewish Blood

   Where did Jesus obtain His Jewish traits? from Mary.
   Notice what Peter said of David, Christ's ancestor: "God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins he would set One upon his throne" Christ (Acts 2:30). Christ was of the fruit of David's loins He inherited Jewish flesh and blood characteristics from His mother Mary.
   Jesus was human, as you and I are. His human nature came from His Jewish ancestry. He came in sinful human flesh, subject to all its temptations, but never once succumbed to them. Notice: "God, sending His own Son in LIKENESS OF SINFUL FLESH and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh" (Rom. 8:3). It is the doctrine of anti-Christ that Jesus did not come in the
Here is a large modern factory, the Argaman Textile Plant, in Palestine. Jews are at work at its giant looms, building the nation's economy. WIDE WORLD PHOTO (See PDF for Picture)
human flesh as you and I are (I John 4:2).
   But notice further. It is the doctrine of some that Jesus received His body from Mary, but His blood from the Father only. This is an attempt to deny that Jesus had Jewish blood. Notice the inspired answer to this damnable heresy: "Since the children are sharers in FLESH AND BLOOD, Himself also IN LIKE MANNER PARTOOK OF THE SAME" partook of flesh and blood the same flesh and blood common to man (Heb. 2:14). The only way He could have received blood common to human beings is to have inherited it from Mary, just as we all inherit half our characteristics from our mother.
   It is a biological deception to teach that the blood comes only from the father of a child. All blood in the body is manufactured by cells within the body and those cells developed from an original cell resulting from the union of a sperm from the father and the ovum or egg from the mother.
   In the case of Jesus, the Logos was transformed into a physical sperm from the Father in Heaven and was united with the ovum in the womb of the Jewess Mary. Therefore Jesus partook of the human nature of the tribe of Judah-Jewish flesh and blood.

Jesus Also Looked Like God

   Jesus possessed characteristics both of Mary's ancestry and the characteristics of the Father in Heaven. Jesus looked like other Jews, yet He had the express facial resemblance of the Father Almighty "Who hath seen Me," said Jesus, "hath seen the Father" (John 14:9). The Jews, then, more than any other race, must resemble the dominant personality of the Heavenly Father. God is Supreme Ruler. Judah prevailed above his brethren and the Prince or Chief Ruler was prophesied to come through him. Judah must have had special physical qualities for rulership. Anti-Semitists ought to tremble when they malign the "Jewish countenance," lest they be found blaspheming the Almighty Himself.
   The most important truth about this whole question, however, is not the flesh. "The flesh profiteth nothing" (John 6:63). What is important is what we do with our lives. Through the sacrifice of Christ we can all no matter of what race become begotten members of the family or kingdom of God the NEW MAN, as Paul expressed it, where there is no division "no Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond, free; but Christ is all, and in all" (Col. 3:11).
   What are we like if Christ lives in us all? "For HE IS A JEW, which is one INWARDLY" (Rom. 2:29).
   Christ lived the life of a perfect Jew. He was a perfect Jew. Remember, God's standard this of perfection was revealed to the Jews in the Bible (Rom. 3:1-3). And Jesus Christ will live the same kind of life in our minds and bodies if we surrender our self-wills to Him and begin to obey Him. We can all become like Jesus, who set us an example that we should follow. If we are ever to gain eternal life, we must follow His pattern for living and become perfect Jews inwardly, not following the human customs of the Jews which they have foolishly copied from the Gentiles.
   Those who deny Jesus was a Jew are the same as those who refuse to do His will they are anti-Christs!
   Yes, Jesus IS the Jewish Messiah, sent from Heaven to be the Saviour of all races of men, and to make us all Jews according to the heart.

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