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  1. BJ,
    In answer to your question, read this article: “Jesus was Palestinian and why it matters – Jehanzeb Dar”
    It explains the inherent racism in the denial of Jesus

    Quote from the article:
    The term ‘Palestine’ is derived from the Philistines. In the fifth century BC the Greek historian Herodotus seems to have used the term Palaistine Syria (= Philistine Syria) to refer to the whole region between Phoenicia and the Lebanon mountains in the north and Egypt in the south… Today the name “Palestine” has political overtones which many find objectionable, and for that reason some writers deliberately avoid using it. However, the alternatives are either too clumsy to be used repeatedly or else they are inaccurate when applied to certain periods, so “Palestine” remains a useful term…

    Deliberately avoiding the use of the name “Palestine” not only misrepresents history, but also reinforces anti-Palestinian racism as acceptable. When one examines the argument against Jesus being a Palestinian, one detects a remarkable amount of hostility aimed at both Palestinians and Muslims. One cannot help but wonder, is there something threatening about identifying Jesus as a Palestinian? Professor Jack D. Forbes writes about Jesus’ multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment:

    When the Romans came to dominate the area, they used the name Palestine. Thus, when Yehoshu’a [Jesus] was born, he was born a Palestinian as were all of the inhabitants of the region, Jews and non-Jews. He was also a Nazarene (being born in Nazareth) and a Galilean (born in the region of Galilee)… At the time of Yehoshu’a’s birth, Palestine was inhabited by Jews-descendants of Hebrews, Canaanites, and many other Semitic peoples-and also by Phoenicians, Syrians, Greeks, and even Arabs.


  2. -Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

    alone, a broke, wandering, impoverished, homeless, nobody

    -There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

    To Him, all have the same immense value

    -For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.…

    We cannot face any sorrow He Himself did not endure. No hell is deep enough that He has not already gone deeper. He was destitute, abandoned with no place to call home.

    -And those who passed by heaped abuse on Him, shaking their heads, and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” Likewise, the chief priests, scribes, and elders mocked Him, saying, “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.”

    Some will always demand that He conform to their demands regarding how GOD should act. If ever He appeared to be and must have felt like a complete failure, it was then. All He had tried to accomplish, His life’s work, was shoved back into His face in mockery to demonstrate that He had fooled no one; that His hopes and dreams and all His efforts had resulted in less than nothing, in absolute and total humiliation. He knows us and our deepest pain.


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