Is Jesus found in the Old Testament?

Sarahbeth Caplin

sarah-noltner-509333-unsplashI remember sitting in Bible studies in which the Hebrew Scriptures were studied – usually the prophets. Without fail, someone would mention where they could find Jesus in those verses, but especially in Isaiah 53. That passage in particular was just so “obvious” that Jesus’ life was planned from the beginning of creation.

This is one area that still trips me up today. Obviously, I was not taught to read those verses the same way. The infamous Isaiah 53 passage is, in Jewish tradition, about Israel – it’s not a messianic prophecy. Knowing the different requirements that Jews have regarding their messiah, training my mind to see Jesus in the Old Testament requires lots of mental gymnastics.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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