A.B. Melchizedek
6 min readMar 31, 2024
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Have nothing to say on this one, just a catalogue of sources showing Jesus is a Jew


The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham

(Matthew 1:1)

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”

(Matthew 2:1–2)

“Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.

(Matthew 2:19–21)

“But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

(Matthew 15:24)

“Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”

(Matthew 27:11)

And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:


(Matthew 27:37)

So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah…

(Luke 4:16–17)

“So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened”

(Luke 24:20–21)

“A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me…”

(John 4:7–9)

“You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

(John 4:22)

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

(John 3:1–2)

“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

(John 9:1–2)

“Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?”

And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.

(John 18:7)

“The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine. Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.”

(John 18:19–20)

“Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”

Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”

(John 18:34–35)

“And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.”

(John 19:2–3)

Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:


Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’

(John 19:19–21)

Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.

(John 19:40)

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

(John 20:16)

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;”

(Acts 1:4)

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

(Acts 1:6)

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

(Acts 1:8)

“The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ — He is Lord of all — “

(Acts 10:36)

“And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel Savior — Jesus — after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

(Acts 13:22–24)

“concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh”

(Romans 1:4)

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

(Romans 1:16)

“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.”

(Galatians 3:16)


“What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise king? It was just after that their kingdom was abolished.”

(Bar Serapion)

On the eve of Passover, Jesus the Nazarene was hanged and a herald went forth before him forty days heralding, “Jesus the Nazarene is going forth to be stoned because he practiced sorcery and instigated and seduced Israel to idolatry. Whoever knows anything in defense may come and state it.” But since they did not find anything in his defense they hanged him on the eve of Passover.

(Jewish Talmud- Sanhedrin 43a)

The master said: Jesus the Nazarene practiced magic and deceived and led Israel astray.

(Jewish Talmud- Sanhedrin 107b)

About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Christ. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.*

Flavius Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3

*Above reference in Josephus is disputed, there is a chance there has been some Christian interpolation within the text. Whatever the nature of the original writing of Josephus is, the point here is that Jesus is mentioned within the context of Josephus’ Jewish histories.

When next you hear people claim “Jesus was a Palestinian”, You now have an array of sources to refute this claim.

You are welcome!



A.B. Melchizedek

Crusader for the truth of the gospel and the logical coherence within the context of the scriptural worldview.