Yeshua (Jesus? Is to Christianity as Pasta Is to Italians

Yeshua is to Christianity what Pasta is to Italains

by Eric Tolkaje

Pasta is Italian, bagels are Jewish, and chicken chow mein is Chinese right? Wrong; the bagel's roots are not Jewish, but rather Italian. While pasta’s history begins in China, the Chinese food staple chow mein is actually an American dish.

What does this lost history of these different popular foods have to do with Jesus and Christianity? The answer is simple. In the exact same way that these three foods and many others are believed to be culturally connected to a certain people group and tradition, Yeshua/Jesus—a Jew born in a Jewish town named Bethlehem, to Jewish parents), who lived His life according to Biblical/Jewish law and conventions, and who died in Jerusalem—has been largely removed from His real Jewish culture, and over the centuries became a Hellenized Christian.

I know that many people reading this may still at this point be wondering, “What difference does it makes” You can enjoy a bagel in a kosher deli without understanding that the first bagels we made by Italians. You can eat a bowl of chow mein noodles without concern that it was first eaten in America and not in China. We also know the long piece of pasta is no less delicious just because the first ones to slurp pasta were not in Italy.

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