'NT' Verses Jews Should Know

I'm sure well minded Christians can find rationalizations to make these passages (all copied and pasted from Bible Gateway so you know they are not misquotes) sound more reasonable.  And anti-semites will have no difficulty using these verses to push hatred of Jews.  I don't try to say what these passages 'really' mean.  My point is more simple -- any Jew who is attracted to Christianity should look at these passages, and know that these are part of the Christian Bible.

For anyone who gives me a list of Hebrew scriptural verses and says that prospective converts to Judaism should be aware of those, I agree, but be sure you have your quotes correct.  There are a lot of misquotes of what the Hebrew says.

Christians are welcome to send me their favorite rationalization of why a given passage is not as bad as it sounds.


Mt. 10: (KJV) 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. (Attributed to Jesus)

Mt. 27: (KJV)25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. (Attributed to 'the Jews')

Luke 12 (KJV) 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:  52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.  53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Attributed to Jesus)

Luke 14: (KJV) 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  (Attributed to Jesus)

Luke 19 (KJV) 27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.  (Attributed to Jesus)

John 8 (KJV)  31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; ...40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth ...44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (Attributed to Jesus)  (Check the omitted verses.  Note that the charge "Ye are of your father the devil" is leveled at "those Jews which believed on him")

1 Thessalonians, 2:14 (KJV) For ye, brethren, ... also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:  (Attributed to Paul)

Galatians 5:11 (NIV) Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12As for those agitators (for circumcision, possibly of converts), I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! (Attributed to Paul.  Most translations are a lot less clear, using phrases such as 'mutilate' or 'cut themselves off'.  One translation says 'cuts off what makes them men.'  KJV translates verse 12 as " I would they were even cut off which trouble you."  Such vagueness suggests they're embarrassed by their own bible.)

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