Who Do You Say Israel’s Opponents Are?

A continuation of my response to Dr. Brown’s article –  https://askdrbrown.org/library/how-rabbi-blumenthal-missed-forest-trees-–-part-3

Identifying Israel’s Opponents

In the chapters leading up to Isaiah 53, the prophet speaks of the shame
and consternation of Israel’s opponents.  One example is in Isaiah 41:11 which states “Behold all those incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded; those who quarreled with you shall be as nought and be lost.”    In an effort to identify these
opponents and to understand how the words of the prophet apply to
historical reality I wrote the following:

“If you are familiar with the history of God’s nation you will know
that it was the Church and the Mosque that were the greatest obstacles
in the path of the Jew who tried to stay loyal to Israel’s covenant with
God. If you studied the history of Israel you would have read about her
willingness to suffer and die for her message of loyalty to God. It
would then follow, that when God consoles His people by telling them
that their opponents will be confounded (41:11, 12; 49:25, 26; 51:7, 8,
22, 23; 52;1), He is talking about these theological entities that set
themselves up as opponents to the Jew’s loyalty to God.”

Dr. Brown completely misunderstood what I wrote and misrepresents my
position. I quote:

“Remarkably, rather than agreeing with the Tanakh and stating that that
our people have primarily suffered because of our own sins (whatever
those sins might be), he blames Christianity and Islam: “If you are
familiar with the history of God’s nation you will know that it was the
Church and the Mosque that were the greatest obstacles in the path of
the Jew who tried to stay loyal to Israel’s covenant with God.” So, it’s
not our fault, it’s everyone else’s fault. This sounds eerily similar to
Adam blaming Eve and Eve blaming the snake back in the Garden of Eden.
To repeat: The entire testimony of the Tanakh is against this kind of
thinking.”

I did not “blame” the Church and the Mosque for our suffering. I
acknowledged and continue to acknowledge that the root cause of our
suffering is our own sins. If not for our sins, our enemies would have
no power to harm us or to stand in our way. It is only our sin that
allows our enemies to persecute and fight with us. But I was not
discussing the spiritual cause of our suffering. I was focusing on the
words of the prophet and trying to identify Israel’s opponents that the
prophet mentions so many times.

Amazingly, Dr. Brown has already written 3 lengthy articles about the
chapters leading to Isaiah 53 and he has yet to identify Israel’s
opponents who figure so prominently in the passages leading up to Isaiah 53.

His silence speaks volumes.

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