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Why didn't the Jews understand "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani"?

There are two basic theories here. The first is that the crowd misheard Jesus. The second is that they purposefully twisted his words to mock him. Commentators are fairly evenly split on which ...
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Why does the Bible talk only about the people of Israel?

There are several issues you bring up that need to be addressed in this question, and it is going to take a little space. Only Israel? You are correct in your assumption that God loves the whole world ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are Jews saved without faith in Jesus?

Paragraphs 35 and 36 of the document discussed by the news article you've linked to state (emphasis mine): Since God has never revoked his covenant with his people Israel, there cannot be different ...
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Were the 12 apostles all Jewish?

The original 12 apostles/disciples of Jesus were all Jewish. By Jewish I understand you to mean "of the twelve tribes of Israel"/ Israelites. Since one can interpret Jewish to be the ...
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What is the difference between a Christian and a Messianic Jew?

The term Messianic Jew refers to Christians who identify as Jewish, as compared to those who identify as Russian, English, Thai etc. Most of them are of Jewish descent, though there are some who are ...
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Is Jesus' statement that Satan is the father of the Jews anti-Jewish?

That is exactly not the point he is trying to make. He is trying to say that it's our actions that show whether God or Satan is "our father" in a very figurative sense. He is saying "You are not the ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are Jews saved without faith in Jesus?

If that document indeed says Jews can be saved without the Catholic Faith, it is contrary to dogmatic teaching expressed, e.g., in the Council of Florence's decree Cantate Domino (Denz. 714), ratified ...
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Why was Jesus not welcomed and carefully tested by the Jews if they were (and are) actually waiting for Messiah?

He was tested The Jews living in the time of Jesus did try to discern whether Jesus was the real Messiah that they had been yearning for, because they disliked living under Roman rule and wanted to ...
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Is it true that Martin Luther was calling for killing Hebrew people?

Yes, it is true that Luther published anti-semitic writings -- writings that were even used by the Nazi Party in support of its horrendous treatment of Jews. The case that Luther's writings were ...
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What did salvation mean to the Israelite people of the OT?

Throughout the narrative parts of the Old Testament, there is very little mention of any afterlife. That idea arises mostly later on, in the books of the Prophets. During the bulk of Old Testament ...
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Were the 12 disciples Jewish?

Tradition holds that all 12 were Jewish, but the Bible affirms the Jewish heritage of many of them. Their names are: Thomas, Simon the Zealot, Philip, Simon Peter, Matthias, Matthew (aka Levi), Jude, ...
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Does being Protestant imply you are also a Zionist?

The primary distinction which you will find among protestants regarding this matter will arise from the division between those adhering to Covenant Theology and those adhering to Dispensationalism. ...
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Is Jesus' statement that Satan is the father of the Jews anti-Jewish?

Is there some way of understanding this verse to be not anti-Jewish, or are there Christians that do not accept this verse as authoritative? The particular Jews that Jesus was speaking to were ...
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Does Nehemiah Gordon self-identify as a Christian?

I found an article that examines the beliefs of Nehemiah Gordon and briefly mentions that although brought up in an Orthodox Jewish family, he converted to Karaite Judaism after he moved to Israel in ...
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Is Jesus' statement that Satan is the father of the Jews anti-Jewish?

Jesus was talking to a subset of people who were Jewish. Abraham was, in fact, their father/ancestor. However, being Jewish was not merely physical. They were God's covenant people. In this ...
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Why would a loving God prefer one nation over another?

The official position of the Catholic Church is that the Church is synonymous with the "chosen nation," and that the Church in Christ is the continuation of the righteous nation that God has set apart ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that the Jews rejected their king?

Why do Christians consider Jesus to be the king of the Jews? Jesus is the heir of David: And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be ...
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Is it accurate to call Abraham a Jew?

The word “Jew” follows etymologically from the name “Judah”, Abraham’s great-great-grandson. Judah is Jacob’s fourth son and the fourth son of Jacob’s fist and less favored wife Leah. The second king ...
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Do Christians believe that Jews must still follow the Mosaic law?

The Law of Moses was part of the Mosaic Covenant. This covenant was between God and Israel, but we should not assume that it would never end. In fact, God spoke to the Jewish people of a new ...
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What is the difference between a Christian and a Messianic Jew?

I was born and raised an orthodox Israeli Jew, and was an orthodox Rabbi for many years before becoming Messianic in 2008. The main body of beliefs are the same for Christians and Messianic Jews. ...
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Why was Jesus not welcomed and carefully tested by the Jews if they were (and are) actually waiting for Messiah?

Part of the OP assumption is the Jews in leadership didn't test Christ. They did, but they didn't like what they found. And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day ...
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Did James brother of Jesus, believe that Jesus is God? if so, why were some Jews in the city offended by his death according to Josephus?

The Jews were offended because of the unlawful manner in which Ananus formed the Sanhedrin of Judges, not because of how James broke the law. What law did James break? It's not clear from the text. ...
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Why did the Catholic Church change so radically after Vatican II in regards to the status of Jews?

I disagree with the OP about his thesis that the Church has always been overtly anti-Semitic/Jewish. The examples are not compared to the time period in which they were expressed to see what the rest ...
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Why didn't the Jews understand "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani"?

An alternative, and somewhat simpler, explanation is that many of those present knew very well that Jesus was quoting the opening line of the 22nd Psalm; but through their willful blindness, ...
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Is Israel still God's Chosen Nation according to Catholic doctrine?

The apparent 'contradiction' you seem to note needn't be a 'contradiction'. I'll illuminate on that point. In our 21st century eyes, Israel is the nation located in the Middle East. But in biblical ...
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Why was Jesus not welcomed and carefully tested by the Jews if they were (and are) actually waiting for Messiah?

Your question is not naive. Nor is there a single answer. No sign. Some Jews expected the Messiah to perform an outstanding miracle. Moses prophesied this: 15 The Lord your God will raise up for ...
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Is it possible for a non-Jew to join Messianic Judaism?

Although it can be done (from a halakhic perspective), it would be a bad idea to do so from a New Testament perspective. Paul advised against it. 18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him ...
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Is it true that Martin Luther was calling for killing Hebrew people?

Your question was did Lutherans recant some of Luther's writings about the Jews in 1983, and the answer is yes. See this link and search "anti-semitism", you'll find this statement: Synod deplores ...
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Is it possible for a non-Jew to join Messianic Judaism?

Anyone can join. Your question alludes, that your understanding is one must be a Jew to join. Your question also alludes, that the movement has something to do with Judaism. I have personal ...
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