Will Peter Schaefer’s new book, Jesus in the Talmud (Mar.), be controversial? “I’m afraid so,” Schaefer told RBL. “That’s why I’m nervous.”

His editor at Princeton University Press, Brigitta van Rheinberg, laughed but agreed: “You think, oh, whoa, this is not going to go over well in certain circles.”

Schaefer, who heads up Princeton’s Judaic studies program, has collected and analyzed all the passages in the Talmud that apparently refer to the founder of Christianity, texts that were previously censored from Talmud editions for centuries. In his book he argues—against other scholars—that the scandalous passages indeed refer not to some other figure of ancient times but to the famous Jesus of Nazareth.

What exactly is so scandalous? How about Jesus punished in Hell for eternity by being made to sit in a cauldron of boiling excrement? That image appears in early manuscripts of the Babylonian Talmud, as does a brief account of Jesus’ trial and execution—not by the Romans but by the Jewish high court, the Sanhedrin. The Jewish community, to the extent Jews were even aware of these excised texts, has been content to let them remain obscure and unknown.

Schaefer, a distinguished German-born Christian scholar who describes classical rabbinic literature as “my first love,” has now definitively let the cat out of the bag. This undermines a widespread assumption that, of Judaism’s and Christianity’s respective sacred texts, only the Christian Gospels go out of their way to assail the rival faith, whereas Judaism’s classical texts refrain from similar attacks.

It seems fair to say now, however, that the Talmud is every bit as offensive to Christians as the Gospels are to Jews.

The Talmud’s scattered portrait of Jesus unapologetically mocks Christian doctrines including the virgin birth and the resurrection. Which isn’t to say that the rabbinic invective is meant simply to insult. In his book, the author calls the Talmud’s assault on Christian claims “devastating.”

“It is a very serious argument,” said Schaefer, who emphasizes that the rabbis’ stories about Jesus were never intended as an attempt at historically accurate narrative. Rather, in the classic Talmudic style, they encode legal and theological argumentation in the form of sometimes-imaginative storytelling.

One naturally wonders, when Jesus in the Talmud is published, what the results will be for Jewish-Christian relations. “I certainly don’t want to harm Jewish-Christian dialogue. God forbid,” Schaefer said. But dialogue requires honesty, and “I’m trying to be honest.”

——————————————————- My  Christian Folk,   The  Talmud  is the vilest literature ever composed by  the very pen of  Satan himself.  The ideas and        beliefs expressed within the pages of this work are so  reprehensible they could only   have    been concocted inside the brain of a  demon.

                                                   Many Christians erroneously believe that [The  Torah ] or the Old  Testament is the holiest book of  Judaism.This is not  true,The Talmud is Judaism’s holiest book and has greater significance than the Torah or the  Old Testament Prophets.                                                                                                The Talmud states :”My son be more careful in the observance of the words of the scribes than in the words of the Torah.[Erubin21B.]

“Gentile girls are in a state of niddah[filth]from birth”[Abodah  Zarah 36b.]

“Gentiles prefer having sex with cattle.”[Abodah  Zarah 22A.]

 “If a Jew  is tempted to do evil he should go to a city where he is not known and do the evil there.”[Moed Kattan 17a.]

“If a heathen [Gentile]hits a Jew the Gentile must be killed . Hitting a   Jew is hitting God.[Sanhedrin58B.]

“Jews may use lies [subterfuges]to circumvent a Gentile”[Baba Kamma 113A.]

“A heathen [Gentile]who pries into the Torah and other Jewish scripture is condemned to death.For it is written ; it is our inheritance not theirs.”[Sanhedrin59a.]

“Only  Jews are human ,gentiles are animals”[ Baba  Mezia114A.-114B.]

“Yeshua and his disciples practiced sorcery and black magic. Led Jews astray into idolatry”[Sanhedrin 43a.]

My Christian Folk;  The above quotes barely scratch the surface of this diabolical work of literature.In order to not offend the casual reader I  decided to leave out the more disgusting and revolting thoughts and ideas stated by the Talmudic Sages,that form the backbone of modern day  Jewish thinking.Read the  Talmud for yourselves and then see if you still use the compound adjective [Judeo-Christian] in everyday speech.


                     Caiaphas and The Tinker

      Before the forge stood gray  Caiaphas tall 

         come see my travellers one and all

     for behold in grasp have I, from Pilate’s own hand

              a writ that tells it all.


        So  He should die who feeds the soul and cures the sin

            For entering the Temple and transgressing therein.

                 And with glee do  I pay ,for Pilate dare not

            For Five Nails you shall forge me here on the spot. 

        Worry cease  Dear  Tinker ,why five do I ask when four

will suffice.Let eternity listen  the hatred  we bear .For the fifth

        we desire to drive through His Heart.


My Christian Folk; On Purim,feb.25 1994 ,Israeli army officer  Baruch   Goldstein an Orthodox  Jew from Brooklyn New York massacred 40 Palestinian civilians ,including children while they knelt in prayer in a mosque.Goldstein was a disciple of the late Brooklyn Rabbi Meir kahane ,who told CBS News that his teaching that Arabs are “dogs” is derived from the “Talmud’,[CBS 60 minutes,] kahane.



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