Thursday, April 1, 2010
10 Jewish Messiah Moments
By the 1st century, Roman occupation led to a flourishing belief in the messiah among the Jews of Israel. He would be a descendant of King David, defeat Israel’s persecutors – that would be Rome — and restore Jewish independence in the land. A savior.
For Christians, the issue was settled between Christmas and Easter. But for Jews, the question remained open and, for the next 2,000 years, particularly in periods of harsh persecution, slaughter or expulsion, Jews experienced repeated messiah moments. At best, they didn’t end well. Here are 10: