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Why do Jews not believe in Jesus?

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While Jews believe there was a Jesus, they do not accept that he was the long-awaited Messiah. They believe that Jesus did not fulfill the messianic prophecies in the Old Testament and that the Jewish Messiah has yet to come.

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The Jewish Messiah, according to Jewish belief, is also to be an anointed king who returns to rule over the Jews. He is predicted to build a third Temple, bring all the Jews to Israel and unite all humanity under the one true God. Jewish teachings further argue that many of the attempts to reconcile Jesus with the Jewish Messiah are based on mistranslations or misunderstandings of the Tanach, the Hebrew bible.

Despite the sentiment against Jesus as a messiah, historical and modern Jewish scholars have pointed out that Jesus did bring monotheism to much of the non-Jewish world. Rabbis Maimonides and Jacob Emden believed that the teachings and work of Jesus were part of God's plan to prepare the world for the Jewish Messiah's coming. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has reached out to Messianic Jews, a Jewish sect considered apostate for its acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah, to find common ground. Overall, however, Jews perceive Jesus as just another Jew from a tumultuous time, who was killed by the Romans for trying to help his people.

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