Biblical scholar blasts AOC, left-wing pols for claiming Jesus was Palestinian:  ‘Rips Jesus out of his Jewish context’

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Biblical scholar blasts AOC, left-wing pols for claiming Jesus was Palestinian:  ‘Rips Jesus out of his Jewish context’


A biblical scholar accused left-wing politicians and media figures of utilizing Jesus to ship a “traditionally false” and “inflammatory” political message concerning the struggle in Gaza this Holy Week.

“This Easter, let’s not attempt to faux Jesus was a ‘Palestinian Jew,’” historian and Aurelio Professor of Scripture emerita at Boston College Paula Fredriksen implored in her scathing op-ed for the Washington Submit.

At Christmas, liberal figures, together with Democratic “Squad” members, drew backlash for likening Jesus to a “Palestinian Jew” residing in an “occupied” nation.

“So caught up have been these advocates in their very own spin that they mischaracterized actuality,” Fredriksen reacted.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., seized on the pattern in a social media submit on Christmas Day.

“Within the story of Christmas, Christ was born in modern-day Palestine beneath the specter of a authorities engaged in a bloodbath of innocents,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, referencing Jews who lived within the land over 2,000 years in the past beneath Roman management. “He was a part of a focused inhabitants being indiscriminately killed to guard an unjust chief’s energy.”

“1000’s of years later, right-wing forces are violently occupying Bethlehem as comparable tales unfold for at present’s Palestinians, a lot in order that the Christian neighborhood in Bethlehem has canceled this 12 months’s Christmas Eve celebrations out of each [fear for their] security and respect,” she added.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that Jesus was Palestinian. Getty Photographs

Fredriksen fact-checked the congresswoman’s claims by declaring that Christ’s birthplace has been beneath Palestinian rule for many years.

“However Bethlehem has been administered by the Palestinian Authority since 1995. As soon as a major majority there, the Christian inhabitants plunged from 86 p.c in 1950 to lower than 12 p.c in 2016,” she wrote.

Furthermore, modern-day Gaza is “extraordinarily hostile” to Christians, she argued, pointing to harassment and persecution in opposition to the dwindling Christian inhabitants within the area.

Jesus was born Jewish in Bethlehem. Adam Ján Figeľ – inventory.adobe.com

The historian stated the time period “Palestine” derived from Rome a full century after Christ’s demise. Thus, the makes an attempt to applicable Jesus as a Palestinian to assault Israel was not simply “inflammatory” but in addition “traditionally false,” she argued.

“For 2 millennia, Jews have been blamed for Jesus’ execution by the Romans; casting him as a Palestinian simply stokes the fires of hate, utilizing Jesus in opposition to Jews as soon as once more,” Fredriksen wrote.

“It’s, additional, an act of cultural and political appropriation — and a intelligent rhetorical transfer. It rips Jesus out of his Jewish context. And it rips 1st-century Jews — and Twenty first-century Israeli Jews — out of their ancestral homeland, turning them into interlopers. That is polemic masquerading as historical past,” she slammed.

Aurelio Professor of Scripture emerita at Boston College Paula Fredriksen rapped politicians for claiming Jesus was a “Palestinian Jew.” Boston College

AOC wasn’t the one one making this argument most lately. Catholic priest Father Edward Beck additionally made an analogous comparability on CNN on Christmas Day.

“I feel the message of Christmas is that God enters into it with us and we’re not alone in it,” Beck stated. “What I’m so struck by is that the story of Christmas is a couple of Palestinian Jew — how typically do you discover these phrases put collectively? A Palestinian Jew born right into a time when his nation was occupied, proper? They will’t discover a place for her to even give beginning, his mom. They’re homeless. They ultimately need to flee as refugees into Egypt, no much less. I imply, you possibly can’t make up the parallels to our present world scenario proper now.” 


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