I’m surprised that you’re still using this objection! It is simply not true, as can be seen by checking even leading Jewish translations of the Bible.
This is not possible. The servant of the Lord in Isaiah 53 was smitten for the sins of his people while he himself was guiltless.
Why did God allow six million Jews to be murdered? Why did God allow the Holocaust? I obtained supernatural insight to answer this question from an event that happened in my life.
You’re partially correct. The earliest reference to this interpretation is found in a second-century Christian source recounting a discussion between a Gentile follower of Jesus and some Jewish teachers who did not believe in him.
Absolutely not. In fact, an Orthodox anti-missionary made this very claim — quite emphatically — in a live radio debate with me in 1991.
It is impossible, both contextually and logically, for Isaiah 53 to be speaking of the people of Israel. Rather, the text clearly speaks of one individual, and as many rabbis recognized through the ages, that individual was the Messiah.
The most natural, logical, and grammatically sound translation of Isaiah 9:6 is: ‘For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us, and the government shall be on his shoulder, and his name is called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Father Forever, Prince of Peace’ (my translation).
Although biblical scholars of varied religious backgrounds continue to debate the precise significance of Isaiah 7:14 (Jewish scholars disagree among themselves, as do Christian scholars), the overall meaning is clear: The prophet speaks of a supernatural event of great importance to the House of David, apparently the birth of a royal child.
This is hardly an accurate statement, and it is not even in harmony with Jewish tradition. Believing in God, his prophets, and his Messiah is basic to the biblical faith, while one of the thirteen principles of the Jewish faith as articulated by Maimonides (Rambam), is that we must believe in the coming of the Messiah, awaiting him every day with unwavering faith.
You would be surprised to see how many passages and concepts actually point to Jesus the Messiah in the Torah.