I do not mean any ridicule with this question, but what do you think?
Perhaps we can say that Jesus Christ was not the first Christian but Christian number zero.
Most Helpful Girl
Cristian comes from the word Christ. Yes Jesus was a Jew.
So, if Jesus was a Jew, why is it that Christians don’t follow Judaism? The Laws of Judaism were given to Moses for the children of Israel in a very sacred and special covenant at Mount Sinai and recorded for us in the book of Exodus. In this covenant, God wrote His laws on tablets of stone, and Israel was commanded to be obedient to all that was revealed to them. But this wonderful covenant was only a picture of a New and better covenant that God would one day give to His people, both Jew and Gentile.
Christians don’t follow Judaism today because the Mosaic covenant has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them”. And the writer to the Hebrews wrote, “By calling this covenant ‘new,’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
Technically Jesus was the fulfilment of Judaism. The followers of were called Christian, with many similarities to Judaism, but the stark contrast of the fulfilled old testament, and the new testament which Judaists don't recognize.1
Most Helpful Guy
I am a bit late, but he wasn't exactly a jew - at least not by what a jew defines today.
What is clear is that he was living in Judea and part of Judaism belief back then - aka the following of the old testament. The problem here is that modern jews neither are biologically related to the people of Judea, but mostly come from a place in asia (I think today it is Kazakhstan, but no sure). There is also a reason why there are two distinct words with Judean and Jew - where the later is a "newer" word.
Additionally modern jews follow the Torah and potentially other teachings/books like the Kabbalah or Talmud instead of the old testament and thus once more aren't comparable to the followers of Judaism back then.
So was Jesus a jew? No, not really. He was Judean instead and meant to complete the old testament - something which the modern jew barely (if ever) follows..0