Sure. I used to wonder how the Pharisees were able to dismiss Jesus’ teaching and his claims right after watching him perform a healing right before their eyes?

I can answer that for you as someone who has studied the Torah in Hebrew as it was written.


What is the Messiah supposed to accomplish when he comes? One of the central themes of biblical prophecy is the promise of a future age of perfection characterized by universal peace and recognition of God. (Isaiah 2:1-4, 32:15-18, 60:15-18; Zephaniah 3:9; Hosea 2:20-22; Amos 9:13-15; Micah 4:1-4; Zechariah 8:23, 14:9; Jeremiah 31:33-34)

Specifically, the Bible says he will:

1 Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28).

2 Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6).

3 Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)

4 Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: “God will be King over all the world ― on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One” (Zechariah 14:9).

If an individual fails to fulfill even one of these conditions, then he cannot be the Messiah. So sayth the Torah (aka) the Old testament.

Because no one has ever fulfilled the Bible’s description of this future King, Jews still await the coming of the Messiah. All past Messianic claimants, including Jesus of Nazareth, Bar Cochba and Shabbtai Tzvi have been rejected. So Jesus was not the first to claim such a place among the Jews.

Christian’s counter that Jesus will fulfill these in the Second Coming. Jewish sources show that the Messiah will fulfill the prophecies outright; in the Torah no concept of a second coming exists. So what the Torah says about any second coming? Nothing. He was supposed to do it the first time around.


That is why they believed him a fraud. Had he claimed to be a prophet he’d have been exalted. But by claiming to be king of the Jews and the messiah and not fulfilling the Torah they labeled him a blasphemer. And they put him to death. So in a way these holy men were doing their job and protecting the “holy” Torah and the “holy” Jewish faith from corruption.

The other reason Jesus was a threat was his three fold message.

1) You failed. God told you to bring his name, his light and his word to the world not to horde it for yourselves.

2) Anyone can be god’s child, god’s chosen and your blood is no different from anyone else. You are not saved because of your blood but because of your faith

3) You don’t need those holy men because god is your father and you should speak to him in the same personal way as you do your earthly father. “Hey dad what’s up, yeah sorry I haven’t prayed much but you know I got busy and all anyway…” is just as acceptable a prayer as “Baruch atah Adonai elohaynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.”

Jesus did not embody the personal qualifications of the messiah either.

The Messiah will become the greatest prophet in history, second only to Moses. (Targum – Isaiah 11:2; Maimonides – Yad Teshuva 9:2)

Prophecy can only exist in Israel when the land is inhabited by a majority of world Jewry(sic?), a situation which has not existed since 300 BCE. During the time of Ezra, when the majority of Jews remained in Babylon, prophecy ended upon the death of the last prophets ― Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

Jesus appeared on the scene approximately 350 years after prophecy had ended, and thus could not be a prophet.

Pretty lame right? Yeah I thought that was lame too but the Pharisees would not see this as lame. Not at that time anyway and probably not today either.

Many prophetic passages speak of a descendant of King David who will rule Israel during the age of perfection. (Isaiah 11:1-9; Jeremiah 23:5-6, 30:7-10, 33:14-16; Ezekiel 34:11-31, 37:21-28; Hosea 3:4-5)

The Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David (see Genesis 49:10, Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5, 33:17; Ezekiel 34:23-24). According to the Christian claim that Jesus was the product of a virgin birth, he had no father ― and thus could not have possibly fulfilled the messianic requirement of being descended on his father’s side from King David.

According to Jewish sources, the Messiah will be born of human parents and possess normal physical attributes like other people. He will not be a demi-god, nor will he possess supernatural qualities.

Maimonides devotes much of the “Guide for the Perplexed” to the fundamental idea that God is incorporeal, meaning that He assumes no physical form. God is Eternal, above time. He is Infinite, beyond space. He cannot be born, and cannot die. Saying that God assumes human form makes God small, diminishing both His unity and His divinity. As the Torah says: “God is not a mortal” (Numbers 23:19)

Jesus did one more detrimental thing that got him killed and branded a fraud.

Throughout his time here he contradicted the Torah and the messiah was supposed to bring about full Torah observance. The Messiah will lead the Jewish people to full Torah observance. The Torah states that all mitzvot remain binding forever, and anyone coming to change the Torah is immediately identified as a false prophet. (Deut. 13:1-4)