Why Jews reject Jesus
a. It is written in the New Testament that during the holiday of Passover, Jesus entered the Temple with a whip of cords, he overturned tables, and blocked the people from walking through. He cursed those who disagreed with him, and he even cursed a fig tree because he was hungry, and he found only leaves on it. Consider a pious and religious man whom you admire, can you imagine him behaving like this? And if he did, what would you think?
b. Sorcery or black magic is an ancient occult art spoken of in Scripture. Sorcerers duplicated some of the miracles that Moses did (Exodus 7:11), and the witch of Endor summoned the soul of the Prophet Samuel ;(1 Samuel 28:12) are 2 instances. So also in the 1st century, there were those who learned it:
Acts 8:9-11 "There was a man named Simon who practiced magic in the city, ASTONISHING the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great. They all paid attention to him from the least to the greatest saying: This man is what is called the Great Power of G-d. They followed him because he had AMAZED them for a long time with his magic arts"
Acts 19:19 "MANY of those who practiced magic brought their BOOKS and burnt them in the sight of everyone, and they counted the value of them and found it came to 50,000 pieces of silver"The Rabbis who witnessed Jesus performing exorcisms accused him of being one of these magicians (Matthew 9:34). This was their eyewitness reasoned conclusion, it is repeated in the Talmud, and it is also the traditional Jewish thought. Sota 47a "Jesus the Narzarene practiced magic, deceived and led Israel astray" It is far more plausible that Jesus was a magician than that he was G-d! (see the quotes in chapter 12 under 2.)
c. It is intrinsically ingrained in the Jewish soul that G-d is One. It is illustrated in various ways in our Hebrew Bible. G-d is infinitely beyond us. He is the Constant Creator of this massive universe. If you really believe that He was born as an infant, raised up in a family until manhood, and then died, all in the person of Jesus...
Then consider what the New Testament also says about Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18), the king of a city-state in the time of Abraham: Hebrews 7:3 "He is without father or mother or genealogy, and has neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the son of G-d, he continues a priest forever".
The writers of the New Testament believed that there was a thin veil separating heaven and earth. Therefore it was easy for them to transform human beings into eternal gods.Their mindset re-surfaces elsewhere:Acts 14:11 "And when the crowds saw what Paul did, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian: The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men"!
d. The consenus of today's leading experts is that the book of Mark was the earliest written gospel (65-70 C.E.). Because his book is closest in time to Jesus, he would have been more concerned about being contradicted by those who were eyewitnesses. Therefore, he has NO virgin birth, birth stories, genealogy to King David, etc.But there is more. The earliest complete New Testament manuscripts extant today are the Codex Vaticanus (315 C.E.) and the Codex Sinaiticus (340 C.E.). BOTH of them end Mark at 16:8. The women went to the tomb, and saw a young man sitting inside. "They fled from the tomb... and said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid."
Years later, the other gospels embellished the story with saints being resurrected, earthquakes, angels, guards, Jesus at the tomb, appearances and ascension!The 2 verses that exemplifies the alleged compassion and forgiveness that Jesus felt for the misguided are also missing in BOTH of these Codices. Luke 23:34 "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do." [At his crucifixion] John 8:7 "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." [Adulterous woman] The original and earliest New Testament books are lost. Reconstruction of them is impossibe. There are more than 5,500 Greek manuscripts in existence today. Not 2 of them are identical. Scribes made intentional changes and unintentional errors. There are 3,036 textual differences between the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus Codices just in the gospels alone.