Why was Matthew unaware of the Messianic prophecy that the Messiah needed to Die?

If you read Matthew’s Gospel, it is full of messianic prophecies that Jesus allegedly (according to Matthew) fulfilled.  If a “dying Messiah” was part of Jewish messianic prophecy, why did Jesus’ disciples act oblivious to it?  In particular, if Matthew was such an expert on messianic prophecies, why wasn’t he aware that the messiah would need to die?

Excerpt from, “Twenty-Six Reasons why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus”:

According to Mark, Luke, and Matthew, Jesus said that it was necessary for him to “die and rise again on the third day to fulfill Jewish “prophecy”.  Unfortunately for Jesus’ credibility, there is no such prophecy in the Jewish Bible.

Mark 8:31-33

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

Luke 18:31-34

Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. 33 After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” 34 But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Matthew 16:21-23

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”


Peter should have answered:  “Praise God!  You must be the Messiah ben David who is prophesied to die and rise again on the third day!”  Instead, the disciples’ response was total ignorance and dismay, which proves that at the time of Jesus there was no concept that the Messiah ben David must die.  Clearly, Peter and the disciples never heard about such a prophecy.  It is particularly significant that Matthew had no such concept because his Gospel is filled with dozens of other invented messianic prophecies that Jesus supposedly did fulfill.  These verses directly contradict the current Christian missionary argument that Isaiah’s chapter 53 was believed by Jews in biblical times to be a prophecy about the death of the messiah, but “the rabbis” later changed the interpretation to oppose Christian theology.

                                              —orthodox Jewish author, Asher Norman in
                                                       “Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus”


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