Jesus in the Tanakh

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Jesus in the Tanakh

May 1, 2009 Professor Name
World Religions
Introduction
The Christ of Christianity made radical claims in regards to his relationship to Judaism. Jesus was no timid Jewish rabbi. He claimed that he was the fulfillment of the entire Jewish Tanakh! Luke quotes the Christ as saying, “all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:44) Jesus reinterpreted Jewish symbols and re-applied them to himself. (Wilson, 55) The many followers of Jesus today are still offending Jews by claiming that the Jewish religion is incomplete and no longer salvific without the incorporation of the Christ. Modern Jews reject the application of the prophecies
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(Acts 7)
The Tabernacle and the Temple Christians argue that even the Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple of Solomon testify about Christ. The author of the book of Hebrews tells us why God’s patterns for the Tabernacle were so precise and specific: “Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Hebrews 9:23-24). The Tabernacle is a partial reflection of heaven. Evangelist and author, Theodore Epp, illustrates in his book, Portraits of Christ in the Tabernacle, that every single item and area in the Tabernacle foreshadowed Christian truths. He bases several connections on the structure of the temple. The open Outer Court, the semi-restricted Holy Place, and the exclusive Holy of Holies are compared to man’s body, soul, and spirit; Jesus’ claim to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life; and the system by which one comes to approach God. (10-21) One should consider God’s intent for the Tabernacle in the first place: “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8) The purpose of the Tabernacle was so that God may have a place to dwell among His people. God could not dwell with His people unless their sins were atoned for. The

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