“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, —Matthew 5:43-44
Analysis: Jesus borrowed the first part of the statement (love your neighbor) from Leviticus 19:18 in the Torah and completely invented the second part (hate your enemy) which does not exist in the Jewish Bible. Christian missionaries respond that when Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said…hate your enemy,” he wasn’t quoting scripture. However, Jesus used the same expression in Matthew 5:21, referring to Exodus 20:13; in Matthew 5:27, referring to Exodus 20:14; in Matthew 5:33, referring to Leviticus 19:12; and in Matthew 5:38, referring to Exodus 21:24. In these verses, each time that Jesus used this expression “you have heard that it was said,” he WAS quoting scripture. Therefore, the (Christian) missionary answer is specious.
—orthodox Jewish author, Asher Norman
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