Jesus was a Jew
. ... To say they never heard of him is like saying Jews did not exist. Jesus was a Jew by descent
, and He lived a Jewish life in the first century. Jesus was born in Judah to a Jewish mother, raised in Galilee in a Jewish home, and taught in Jerusalem,
the Jewish capital. He ministered throughout Israel
: “He came to His own [the Jewish people], and His own [the Jews] did not receive Him
” (John 1:11, NKJV
). Speaking to a Samaritan, Jesus said, “You [Gentiles] worship what you do not know; we [Jews] know what we [Jews] worship, for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22
). In His use of first- and second-person pronouns, Jesus identified Himself as being among the Jewish population.
Jesus identified with the religion of the Jew
s and was considered a rabbi
), although He strongly rejected the pharisaical reinterpretation of that religion.