Here’s the kind of “wow” stuff the counter-missionary rabbis are teaching to the gullible (and believe me, there are MANY gullible people who are ready, willing and able to follow "ear tickling" teachings!).
These rabbis and their converts will be speaking out the other side of their mouth on Judgment Day when YHWH demands to know why they denied HIS Messiah and kept others from him:
One of the things these counter-missionaries claim is, “Jesus was never called a Nazarene!”
Is that so?
Matthew 2:23 tells us Messiah would be called “Nazarene” and the prophet Isaiah gave us a hint about this. Isaiah 11:1 says: “But a branch will emerge from the trunk of Yishai, a shoot will grow from his roots.”
A footnote in the Aramaic English New Testament explains that netzer is Hebrew for “young shoot” or “sprout” and it DOES refer to the Messiah because Isaiah 11, verses 2 through 4 go on to reveal the “spiritual branches” of the Menorah as attributes of Messiah! Even in the Talmud, Sanhedrin 43a, recognizes Isaiah 11:1 as a prophecy of the Messiah and renders the word netzer as a branch – netzer being the key to this whole mystery.
Without going into a deep word study – because I am not qualified in that department - other prophets reveal Messiah Yeshua, as the “Branch” but use the Hebrew term tzemach, thus eliminating the obvious wordplay by Matthew. The prophet Daniel uses the word netzer, but not in the context of Messianic prophecy. Still, netzer is the basis for the name Nazareth, which at that time was a very small village in the Land of Israel.
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