The Suffering Servant – Isaiah 53

Who was the Suffering Servant – The Jewish Race Under the Diverse Beast Ending in Babylonian Captivity?

Jewish scholars always believed Isaiah 53 referred to Israel.

Christianity belief has taught us that Isaiah 53 is a prophecy of Jesus. This site fully supports the proposition that the “suffering servant” and “man of sorrows” was always and only referring to the Jewish nations’ trials and tribulations from the rebellion of Jehoboam and rapid decline into Assyrian captivity – referred to as the Diverse Beast’s ten horns (10 tribes-10 horns). The Diverse Beast also symbolised by seven heads, the little horn – the seven heads were kings Manasseh, Amon, Josiah (a reform attempted) Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehioachin and Zedekiah.

A careful study of the OT can prove conclusively that the “suffering servant” was never a projected prophecy as espoused by Christianity. By showing that Daniel also recalled Ancient Jewish recital of their past one gains an insight how Christianity usurped the meaning of the Ancient scribes.

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Here is background from Wikipedia.

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===Commentators===

{{main article|Jewish commentaries on the Bible}}
*The 11th century Jewish commentator [[Rashi]] worked out that {{bibleverse||Isaiah|53|JP}} referred to Israel.<ref>[http://www.tmtestimony.org.uk/library/2000_3.htm Isaiah 53 – Who is the prophet talking about?] {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/…/www.tmtestimon…/library/2000_3.htm |date=5 May 2008 }}</ref>
*[[Kuzari]] also identifies Isaiah 53 as the nation of Israel.<ref name=”contra”/>
*[[Chovot ha-Levavot]] also identifies Isaiah 53 as the nation of Israel.<ref name=”contra”/>
*The Mahari Kara (R’ Yosef Kara, a contemporary of Rashi 11th century) on Isaiah {{bibleverse||Isaiah|52:13|JP}}: Quote: “Behold My servant shall prosper: Israel My servant shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. And [according to] the teachings of our Rabbis: He shall be more exalted than Abraham, as it is written: “I have raised my hand toward the Lord….” [{{bibleverse||Gen|14:22|JP}}]. He shall be more lifted up than Moses, as it is written: “… as the nurse lifts up the suckling….” And he [Israel] shall be higher than the ministering angels, as it is written: “And they had backs, and they were very high….” [{{bibleverse||Ezek|1:18|JP}}].
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One of the first claims in the [[New Testament]] that Isaiah 53 is a prophecy of Jesus comes from the [[Book of Acts]], in which its author (who is also the author of [[Luke the Evangelist|Luke’s Gospel]] <ref>Plummer, Alfred, ”A critical and exegetical commentary on the Gospel according to S. Luke” [https://books.google.com/books?id=mg2tqe1PP_gC], Continuum International Publishing Group, 1999, p. xi: quote: “[common authorship of Luke-Acts] is so generally admitted by critics of all schools, that not much time need be spent in discussing it.”</ref>), describes a scene in which God commands [[Philip the Evangelist]] to approach an [[Ethiopian eunuch]] who is sitting in a chariot, reading aloud to himself from the Book of Isaiah. The eunuch comments that he does not understand what he is reading and Philip explains to him the teachings of Jesus.<ref>[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…; Acts 8:34–35]</ref>
{{blockquote|And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of
some other man?

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.}}
This has been the standard Christian interpretation of the passage since Apostolic times.{{citation needed|date=June 2016}}

{{bibleref2|Isaiah|53:1}} is quoted in {{bibleref2|John|12:38|NKJV}}:
{{blockquote|But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
“Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”}}

According to the [[Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges]] the arm of the Lord is “a metaphor for Jehovah’s operation in history”.<ref>[http://biblehub.com/commentaries/cambridge/isaiah/53.htm Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges] on Isaiah 53, accessed 12 June 2016</ref>

The apostle [[Paul the Apostle|Paul]] quotes part of the same verse in {{bibleref2|Romans|10:16|NKJV}}:
{{quote|But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”}}

{{bibleref2|Isaiah|53:4|KJV}} is quoted in {{bibleref2|Matthew|8:17|NKJV}}, where it is used in context of Jesus’ healing ministry:
{{quote|that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”}}

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Who is correct?

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