Catholic Priest Says Jesus Is Palestinian-Jew

Daily Report December 26,2023

A Catholic priest on Monday made a shocking claim about Jesus’ heritage, saying that Christmas is the story of a “Palestinian Jew” in “occupied territory.”

Catholic priest Fr. Edward Beck made the claim in an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow.

“Can I ask you the question that my kids ask me, and I think most people’s kids ask them? Then why do such bad things happen? As we sit here on Christmas there is still so much pain and suffering, particularly right now in the world. Can you speak to those who feel hopeless this morning, father?” Harlow asked the persist.

Beck responded, saying there is no particular answer to why bad things happen. The priest added that the message of Christmas is God is with us through the period, before proceeding to speak on Jesus’s heritage.

“What I’m so struck by is that the story of Christmas is about a Palestinian Jew. How often do you find those words put together?” Beck said. “A Palestinian Jew born into a time when his country was occupied, right? They can’t find a place for her to even give birth, his mother. They’re homeless. They eventually have to flee as refugees into Egypt, no less. I mean, you can’t make up the parallels to our current world situation right now. So in some way that is who we believe God becomes. Born into that situation, and yet that very man Jesus says, ‘Love one another. Love your enemies. There is hope. There is light in the darkness. I’m attesting to that. So somehow that God enters that experience of suffering and that struggle and is actually born into it, that is what is so miraculous about the celebration for me.”

Beck’s claim is even more surprising given that the phrase “Palestine” didn’t exist until approximately one century after Jesus’ death. Roman forces had just expelled the jews from Judea and named the area “Syria Palaestina.”

Jesus was Jewish and was born in Bethlehem in the Roman province of Judaea.

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