If Jews had uncorrupted prophetic books, then why are they blamed for rejecting Jesus, albeit they expected what they were told by canonical prophets? It was not their fault but their prophets who spoke overwhelming promises. What do you say?


In John 5:39 Jesus called out the scribes and Pharisees because, as he said, the Jewish Scriptures were first and foremost about him.  The entire Old Testament, and Judaism in general pointed toward Jesus as the Messiah.  Jesus fulfilled prophecies that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1), that he would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7), that he would be crucified (Psalm 22), that he would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11), that he would be silent when accused (Isaiah 53) and many, many more such messianic prophecies.  Then there the hundreds of types, prefigures and foreshadows in the Old Testament that point at Jesus Christ (see my book From Shadow to Reality at  There is more than adequate evidence in the Old Testament scripture that any good-hearted Jew ought to have believed in Jesus.  Even today, any Jew who gives a careful look at the Hebrew scripture and at Jesus who has an honest heart, will find Jesus there.  There really is no excuse for a Jewish person not to come to Christ.
You imply that the fault might lie with the prophets, not with the Jews.  Honestly, I cannot understand what you mean by that. The prophets spoke again and again about the coming Messiah. I do not see how it can have been their fault, but I believe that God will hold accountable those of his people who rejected Jesus, and the Jewish people have the least possible excuse, because God prepared them specifically to receive the Messiah.
Two thousand years ago, I believe that the Jews especially ought to have believed in Jesus, as the Gentiles had not been as specially prepared as the Jews had been prepared.  Today it is different.  All peoples have access to Christianity.  The Bible is available to anyone with the least interest in discovering truth. Today, both Jews and non-Jews have pretty much equal access to Christianity and to knowledge about Jesus.  I propose that two thousand years ago, the Jews were especially accountable for not accepting Jesus, but today both Jew and non-Jew are pretty much equally at fault for rejecting Christ.  Like Peter said, “there is no other name under heaven given to man by which we must be saved.”  All must come to God through his Savior, Jesus Christ.  The evidence for Jesus as the chosen Messiah of the Jews is absolutely overwhelming, so that people are without excuse (paraphrasing Romans 1:20).
John Oakes

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