In Its Time I Will Hasten Him

Law of Messiah

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The most common objection to the figure of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth as the long awaited and promised Messiah of Israel runs thus: ‘If Yeshua were really the Jewish Messiah, why is there no peace in the world?” A survey of the Talmud’s discussions on the subject of the messianic expectations reveals the lack of uniformity as to who the Messiah is, what he is to accomplish, and how (b.Sanhedrin 97a-99a).

On the identity of the Messiah, Maimonides (the Rambam) put it this way, that if a person – a potential Moshiach begins to accomplish those tasks and seems to possess the specific, requisite character traits, we can assume that he is the Moshiach. However, the final identification will take place only after he accomplishes each and every one of those tasks – (Hilchos Melachim 11:4). But the question is, does this disqualify Yeshua as the promised Messiah, or is he…

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