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Uniting Church – Jesus was Jewish

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Published: 29 December 2015

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Jesus was not Palestinian, Australian Church says – Haaretz/JTA 28.12.15
After article by Australia Palestine Advocacy Network refers to Palestinians as ‘the living descendants of Christ in his home of birth in Palestine’, Uniting Church in Australia president says Jesus was Jewish and 'It is entirely inappropriate for anybody to attempt to claim political capital from the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.'
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And see: Male Circumcision: What Would Jesus Do? - The Daily Beast 27.12.15
The circumcision of Jesus as described in Luke is performed in accordance with Jewish law, as a fulfillment of the covenant made between Abraham and God. According to Matthew Thiessen, assistant professor of New Testament at Saint Louis University, the purpose of the story is to demonstrate the enormous piety of Jesus’s family.


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