Was Jesus a White Racist? A Messianic Jewish Response to Brandan Robertson and Miguel De La Torre


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Earlier this year, Reverend Brandan Robertson came out with a Tik Tok video claiming that Jesus was a racist. In a later YouTube video with Dr. Miguel De La Torre, he elaborates that Jesus inherited his racism from his Jewish community. De La Torre makes these same claims in this video and in his sermon, “Was Jesus a Racist?” Their teaching is not just historically and exegetically wrong; it fuels anti-Semitism, which is unfortunately on the rise today. This is my response.
0:00 – Introduction and Thesis Statement
4:22 – Gentiles as animals in Peter’s vision (Acts 10.11-16)
8:07 – Jews and Gentiles as animals in the Tanakh (Jeremiah 50.6; Psalm 79.13; Isaiah 11.6)
9:25 – Jesus calls Jewish people animals (Matthew 15.24)
9:56 – Jews and Gentiles as animals in 1 Enoch 90
12:46 – Gentiles as animals in Mark 7.27
13:34 – Why did Jesus prioritize ministering to Jews during his earthly ministry?
15:52 – Why did Jesus call the Gentile woman a dog?
16:22 – Brandan Robertson’s and Dr. Miguel De La Torre’s claim that Jesus inherited his racism from his Jewish community
18:00 – Dr. Miguel De La Torre’s sermon, “Was Jesus a Racist?”
20:30 – Was Jesus white?
22:35 – Did Jesus exclude Gentiles from God’s plan of salvation?
25:18 – Was Jesus’s Jewish community racist?
31:22 – Conclusion
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Reverend Brandan Robertson's original Tik Tok video - "Was Jesus Racist?"

Dr. Miguel De La Torre's sermon - "Was Jesus a Racist?"

Brandan Robertson's and Dr. Miguel De La Torre's video defending their views

See other responses to Brandan Robertson:
Mike Winger: "When You Throw Jesus Under the Bus For Your Social Agenda"
Whaddo You Meme?? "Pastor Teaches Jesus was a Racist!"

Noted works:
Oliver, Isaac. “Torah Praxis After 70 C.E.: Reading Matthew and Luke-Acts as Jewish Texts.” PhD diss., University of Michigan, 2012.

Thiessen, Matthew. “Gentiles as Impure Animals in the Writings of Early Christ Followers.” In Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, edited by Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Wolfgang Grünstäudl, and Matthew Thiessen, 19-32. WUNT Series 1/394. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.
Rudolph, David. "'To the Jew First' Paul's Vision for the Priority of Israel in the Life of the Church." Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism 37 (2020): 11-25.
Music: bensound.com

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