5 Rabbis Explain Jesus
A Jewish National Hero
Orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach emphasizes Jesus’ self-understanding and significance as a political leader of first-century Jews. As he writes, “The more we peel away the surface, the more we see the truth: Jesus, I will continue to show, was a great political leader who fought for the liberation of his people.”
“In this sense, he saw himself in the guise of Moses and David, both of whom, while supremely concerned with the spiritual welfare of the people, were first and last concerned with the political freedom of the Jewish nation.” In other words, for Jews of the time, Jesus’ was a political hero and not a spiritual one.