This morning a question arose about whether Jesus fulfills a prophesy in the Old Testament. From a Christian perspective, this a fairly standard lens through which to look at the Tanakh. Obviously, the question is quite foreign (and potentially offensive) from the Jewish perspective. Richard commented:
This site is not about determining doctrine. Asking if this is a reference to Jesus is clearly asking about doctrinal interpretation. If you want to know that, you need to ask on Christianity.SE.
Should we redirect these questions to the Christianity site?
This question was asked in October 11 of 2011. On October 15, the question was closed as off-topic. Presumably, this meta-question played a role.
In December of 2011, we agreed on a new guideline for questions:
Questions are on topic if they are focused on the text, rather than things to which the text may apply.
Under those guidelines, the initial version of the question is off-topic for us. It might have been on-topic at Christianity.SE. However, nobody addressed this particular question at that time, so it remained closed.
On February 21, 2013, the question was reopened and I initiated a conversation to decide what to do about it. As a result of that conversation, I edited the question into it's most recent form. The key changes were:
- Add a reference to Matthew (and added the matthew).
- Moved the text from the bottom of the question to the top.
- Interspersed comments that clarify where the source of the question seemed to be.
In essence, I converted the question into "How does the New Testament interpret Micah?" But this took some heroic effort on chat and in editing to pull off. Leaving the question closed might have been the better solution.