Messianic Prophecy in the Tanakh (pdf format)
“I believe with a perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah.” (13th Article of Faith by Moses Maimonides)
There are more than 300 Scriptures in the Tanakh that refer to a Messiah for the Jewish people, beginning in Genesis and finishing in the Prophets. These Scriptures describe his characteristics, appearance, place of birth, events that will take place during his lifetime–and his death–and much more.
These then are the 24 books that make up the Tanakh, also known as the Holy Scriptures, the Jewish Holy Bible, the Hebrew Scriptures. This edition was translated by Isaac Leeser and published in Hebrew and English by the Hebrew Publishing Co. We have neither added to, nor subtracted from these books, except to preface them with “food for thought” (Tanakh portions are quoted from ISAAC LEESER’s translation, New Covenant quotes are from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION.
We, of the Rock of Israel, believe with all our hearts the words written in the Tanakh. We know that these pages contain spiritual truth, the hope and plan of God for our lives. In a time when the minds and hearts of many are darkened, these words speak of the timeless eternal hope of our people:
“For thou art my lamp, O Lord! and the Lord will enlighten my darkness” (2 Sam. 22:29). “A lamp unto my feet is thy word, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
This is God’ s message of hope and love to His chosen people, and through them, to all people. It is our hope that you will sincerely and objectively search this text, which is the root of all Jewish thought–especially examining the passages we have compiled in the following section on Messianic prophecies. In doing this, it is our prayer that the Creator, the One living and eternal God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, will open your eyes and heart that you may find the Truth. “…and the truth will set you free.”
“Behold, days are coming, saith the Lord, when I will make with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah, a new covenant;
“Not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day that I took hold of them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they have broken, although I was become their husband, saith the Lord;
“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel, after those days, saith the Lord, I place my law in their inward parts, and upon their heart will I write it; and I will be unto them for a God, and they shall be unto me for a people.
“And they shall not teach any more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for they all shall know me, from the least of them even unto their greatest, saith the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I not remember any more:” (Jeremiah 31:30-33).
Hyman Israel Specter