Did You Ever Hear of Isaac?
In a pathetic attempt to defend himself from the accusation of having misquoted the Targum, Shapira again displays his incredible ignorance of the Bible (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgQOBqOx0ow ).
In my article entitled “The School of Matthew” I pointed out that Shapira misquoted the Targum to Micah 5:1. The Targum actually says that Messiah’s name has been called from ancient times while Shapira quotes the Targum as if it had said that the Messiah’s actual existence was from ancient times.
Shapira defends himself with two arguments. First he says that he accurately quoted a midrash about the name of the Messiah on page 168 in his book.
It seems that Shapira thinks that if he has one accurate quotation in his book then that entitles him to fill the rest of his book with misquotations and lies. If this is the level of honesty that you are looking for then Shapira is your man.
The next argument that Shapira excitedly announces to his audience is that in Judaism one may not name a child before it is born. Thus, if the Targum speaks of the name of the Messiah as something that was declared from ancient times that must mean that the Messiah himself must also originate from ancient times. Shapira makes this ridiculous claim as his friend sits there solemnly nodding along.
The Bible records that Isaac, Ishmael, Solomon and Josiah were all called by their names before they were born (Genesis 16:11; 17:19; 1Chronicles 22:9; 1Kings 13:2). It seems that Shapira and his friend are not familiar with some of the central characters in the Bible. If you want to join them in declaring your ignorance of the Bible all you need to do is click on the “like” symbol under Shapira’s video.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal