Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
I just saw a three part, three hour PBS documentary about the Jewish people. The first part is Kingdom of David : saga of the Israelites, By the river of Babylon. It is described as, in 586 B.C., the Babylonians lead almost all that remains of the tribe of Judah, the Israelites, to exile in Babylon. Only a few generations earlier, the northern tribes of the Israelites were taken into exile and vanished forever. Now the Judeans, too, seem destined to disappear. They fight back, however, by writing a book. Using Judean stories from the past to explain present disastrous situations, the book becomes the earliest edition of the most influential work in history: the Bible. This episode introduces the early and profoundly influential figures of Judaism: Abraham, who is the first to recognize the concept of one God; Moses, who receives the Ten Commandments from God. You can watch the documentary online in PBS.
Three hours of discussion about Monotheism and gods and not a single mention of Jesus’ divinity. Can Jesus be God if he is not mentioned in the Old Testament, which forms 75% by volume of the Christian Bible? I know that some Christian apologists can come up with some indirect reference to Jesus of Nazareth in the Old Testament. But, if he were God reference to him cannot be hidden and obtuse. It has to be front and center.
Since the time of Patriarch Abraham for two thousand years Jews are practicing Monotheism and trying hard to have a relationship with God, but did not know anything at all about Jesus of Nazareth. Most even did not know about the town of Nazareth.
With Judaism before and Islam afterwards making no mention of Jesus’ divinity, can he still be God? Not to speak of all the Unitarian Christians.
Today in addition to the three hour documentary mentioned already I want to present two other videos below to gather all the Abrahamic faiths to a more pure Monotheism: