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For many Christians, Isaiah 53 is the granddaddy of proof texts pointing to Jesus from the Jewish Scriptures. Jews and Christians have been arguing over the identity of the
‘Suffering Servant’ since at least the year 248, when the Christian scholar
Origen recorded it in his book ‘Contra Celsus.’ Later, Martin Luther wrote that
Isaiah 53 is “the foremost passage on the suffering and resurrection of Christ, and there is hardly another like it.”
With all the focus on this chapter by apologists – and thus, by their opponents as well – it is perhaps surprising that according to most contemporary (and most often Christian) scholars, while there is disagreement about the exact nature of the servant’s identity (and
other theological aspects of the chapter), there are areas of wide agreement,
and that contemporary scholarship has rejected many of the central apologetic
claims of Isaiah 53.
A sampling of contemporary…
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That Isaiah 53 is a proof for “Jesus” is very obvious. You only need to consider the graven image on the two crossed bars and you can see how the servant of the Christian Theos (not ELOHIM) is suffering.
I consider the context of the servant (Ch 41-53) and read repeatedly that the servant is named Jacob/Israel – and then I read this;
Isa 42:19 KJV Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant?
This is the ultimate proof to me that “Jesus” is blind and deaf! I only ask myself why this is not taught by Christians.
And another fact is never taught by Christians; If they want “Jesus” to move they need to carry him around – look at this;
Isa 46:7 KJV They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
Too sad that Evangelicals e. g. pretend that “Jesus” is alife and that they refuse to see this point.
If Isaiah had prophesied a pagan idol “Jesus” he would have been stoned immediately and no-one would know anything about him today. When Isa 53:3-5 is a proof for “Jesus” then we need to consider all other statements of Isaiah about the servant, too.