Incarnation, a Jewish View

Usually on Fridays, I write a Sabbath meditation. In a way this is a good meditation for any day, including a Sabbath. Many do not think of theology as meditational, devotional, transformational, or practical. I disagree. I hope this theological musing can be one example of a meditative exploration of life-changing truth.

Incarnation. Through the Spanish language, which many of us are familiar with from Mexican cuisine and Hispanic neighbors, we can comprehend the meaning of this Latin word. Carne means flesh or meat. In-carn-ation is a description of an event, an event in which something becomes flesh, or someone. Incarnation is the event of in-flesh-ation.

It is widely held that Judaism rejects the entire concept of a divine incarnation. Yeshua of Nazareth cannot be God who became human while remaining divine. There are some in the fringes of the Messianic Jewish movement who refuse to accept the traditional Christian doctrine of incarnation. I know of one Messianic ministry that tries to get around this by using only biblical language and refusing to say something like,

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1 Response to Incarnation, a Jewish View

  1. Travis says:

    Shabbat Shalom! You make some very good points about Yeshua’s incarnation. I was not aware of the lengths that people go to in order to get around this idea that they don’t understand or may not agree with rather than doing more research.

    As for scripture describing God as ‘walking and talking’, is it possible that because the writer had no words to perfectly describe what God was doing (being that God had no form at the time) he used somewhat of a simile?

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