Plus I would say that the fact that Christianity sprang up in Rome in the second century rather than Jerusalem at the turn of the millennium is the main reason it didn't appeal to Jews. The Jews had never heard of him. They didn't know he existed. I believe the Jews were kicked out of Isreal entirely around 70 A.D.-80 A.D., if I'm correct. Also, around that time, the holy temple was destroyed. Interesting, Jesus himself predicted that the jews would reject him, and that the temple would be destroyed. It's fair to say that with such social upheavel a rise in Christendom in that area would of been unlikely. The prophecies can be argued against (for the sake of argument alone) but I always felt that Isaiah 53 was more or less irrefutable, even for a Jew who follows Judiasm and believes the book of Isaiah is inspired by God. Even ancient Rabbis before Christ's birth wrote interpretations of a future Messiah who would have to be "cut off". Perhaps Jews today, if not most, are simply not looking for a Messiah.