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I have questions about the Jewish Faith.
#1
1. Aren’t you guys (Jews) waiting for the second coming of King David?
2. Isn't one of the main things separating Jews and Christians the belief that Jesus was not the second coming of David?
3. Aren’t you (Jews) waiting for the same type of person David was - A battle lord - Or someone who will unite the Jews, like a King?
4. If you are Jewish and have read the New Testament or The Koran, or the Book of Mormon, what do you think of them?
5. What do you think about the Jews For Jesus movement?

I thank you for satisfying my curiosity ahead of time.
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#2
Here are my qualifications to answer the first three questions (the last two are opinions). I am a Jewish-Christian, raised Jewish, and was a Religious Studies minor in college. I have read extensively on this subject, written papers about it etc. As long as my memory holds up, I should be fine.

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Keeper of the Grove:
1. Aren’t you guys (Jews) waiting for the second coming of King David?

</strong>Religious Jews are not waiting for the second coming of King David. They are waiting for the Messiah, who will supposedly be a descendant of King David. (Messiah is a word borrowed from Hebrew; it means anointed one i.e. called/blessed by God. The Greek translation is Christos.) The Messiah will supposedly rescue the Jewish people, which leads into your second question.

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2. Isn't one of the main things separating Jews and Christians the belief that Jesus was not the second coming of David?

As noted above, Jews are not waiting for the second coming of David. The Messiah was not predicted to be a resurrected King David. What the Messiah was supposed to be was a hotly debated topic 2000 years ago, mostly because the Jewish people were conquered and oppressed by the Roman Empire. It also seems that there were any number of people proclaiming to be the Messiah, so it wasn't unusual for any Messiah wanna-be to be questioned. The writers of the NT felt that Jesus fulfilled the requirements of Messiah-hood for many reasons, but mainly because the death of Jesus on the cross absolved mankind of sin (as long as a person believed in Him). Thus Jesus rescued Israel, and as Paul and Peter discover, the Gentile world as well. Jewish leaders of that time rejected him because he claimed to be the "Son of God," in essence saying he was equal to God. A major no-no.

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3. Aren’t you (Jews) waiting for the same type of person David was - A battle lord - Or someone who will unite the Jews, like a King?

Ok. There are some predictions in the OT that portray the Messiah as a conquering king, similar to David. The Messiah is predicted to be a root from David (which is why Matthew and Luke give long genealogies of Jesus, tying him to the seed of King David.) From my experience and schooling, I have found that a great leader-warrior is exactly what Jewish people expect the Messiah to be. That has been true for thousands of years. (Christian scholars are divided about the explicitly military-warrior predictions, some saying that Jesus fulfilled them already by "saving" Israel on the cross, others that those predictions will be fulfilled when Jesus comes back during the Apocalypse.)

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4. If you are Jewish and have read the New Testament or The Koran, or the Book of Mormon, what do you think of them?

Well, I obviously like the New Testament. I have not read the Koran or the Book of Mormon completely. From what I have read and read about them, I find them to be interesting works but I do not believe that they are "inspired" writings (my personal view).

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5. What do you think about the Jews For Jesus movement?

Rather than say what I think, let me just say that Jewish people hate them in Israel and dislike them here in the US.

I thank you for satisfying my curiosity ahead of time.[/qb][/QUOTE]

I probably glossed over some important points, but I hope this helps. Keeper, what religion or non-religion are you and why the interest in this topic?

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#3
I was born Catholic, but I switched to being Baptist when I was 14. I joined the Marines when I was 18, and started exploring other religions. Right now, I align with the druids. One of their main beliefs is that things move in cycles, and that you need to be in harmony with the cycle. It makes sense to me now because I see cycles in everything, but that isn't going to stop me from searching or close my mind to new things.

I am fascinated with the stories of the Old Testament, and the Jewish religion. It is mostly because I am a history buff. I just want to get my story strait so that if it ever gets brought up, I'll have a clue. It seems like lately I have been getting in more and more religious discussions. It is probably because people are curious about the whole druid thing.

Thanks again for taking time to answer. I really appreciate it.
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#4
No problem. Let me reiterate that I really went over your questions quickly, and there were tons of info and nuance that I left out. I can only recommend that you read the source materials, or other resources, to get a better handle on your questions.

I don't know very much about the Druids or druidic beliefs. Is it like Hinduism or Buddhism? Enlighten me, please.
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#5
Also, I'd say that Judaism isn't nearly as focused on waiting for the Messiah as Christianity is on waiting for the Second Coming. To me, it's more of a "lifestyle/values religion" than a "redemption religion."
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#6
Here is the best way to sum it up.
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I want to say something to everyone reading before this goes any farther:

The fact is druids love trees and nature, but that by no means makes us Tree-Hugger's. The idea is to reach a balance between the natural environment and the man made one.

I am not a member of green peace nor do I think that I will join anytime soon. I do not agree with their politics or most of their Ideals. I only get pissed off when we encroach on endangered species, and cut down what little we have left of our old growth forests.

Other than that, I can tell you I love hunting (to-the-tune of Ted Nuggent), I eat red meat on a regular basis, I consider my self a conservative and I have used wood heat for most of my life.

I throw this stuff out in advance because these are the answers to my Druid FAQ's. I do not think that if you lead a life style other than mine (or if you're in greenpeace) that you are bad.

My dream is to someday have enough land so that I may plant a Oak Grove. I think that it is more difficult to grow a grove that to arange rocks on a circle.
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