Sunday, September 10, 2006

What Jews Think of Jesus and of Christians: A Warning to Christian Zionists

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

Christian Zionists ought to know what it is that they are supporting. Jews believe that Jesus was the son of a prostitute and a Roman soldier, who learned witchcraft in Egypt and who beguiled Jews to worship him as an idol. While this myth is more fully enunciated in the Toledoth Jeshua, the Talmud also iterates similar beliefs in Shabbath104b (see especially endnote 19) and in Sanhedrin106a-b,

"Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, [did the children of Israel slay with the sword].3 A soothsayer? But he was a prophet! — R. Johanan said: At first he was a prophet, but subsequently a soothsayer.4 R. Papa observed: This is what men say, 'She who was the descendant of princes and governors, played the harlot with carpenters.'5 Did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.6 Rab said: They subjected him to four deaths, stoning, burning, decapitation and strangulation.7"—I. Epstein, Sanhedrin 106a-b, "Sanhedrin II", The Babylonian Talmud, Volume 28, The Soncino Press, London, (1935), pp. 721-729, at 725.

Jesus ridiculed the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 22; 23. Mark 7; 12:38-40. Luke 11. John 8). That was just one of the reasons why the Jews killed Jesus in the New Testament story, and that is one of the reasons why the Jewish Talmud says that Jesus is boiling in excrement in hell. The Jewish Talmud, in the book of Erubin 21b, states,

"[A]s to the laws of the Scribes, whoever transgresses any of the enactments of the Scribes incurs the penalty of death. [***] This8 teaches that he who scoffs at the words of the Sages will be condemned to boiling excrements. [***] [F]or [neglecting] the words of the Rabbis3 one deserves death[.]"—I. Epstein, Erubin 21b, "Erubin", The Babylonian Talmud, Volume 9, The Soncino Press, London, (1938), pp. 148-151, at 149-150.

The Jewish Talmud states in Rosh Hashanah 17a that all Christians are going to burn in hell forever,

"But as for the minim11 and the informers and scoffers,1 who rejected the Torah and denied the resurrection of the dead, and those who abandoned the ways of the community,2 and those who 'spread their terror in the land of the living', 3 and who sinned and made the masses sin, like Jeroboam the son of Nebat and his fellows—these will go down to Gehinnom and be punished there for all generations, as it says, And they shall go forth and look upon the carcasses of the men that have rebelled against me4 etc."—I. Epstein, Rosh Hashanah 17a, "Rosh Hashanah", The Babylonian Talmud, The Soncino Press, London, (1938), pp. 64-67, at 64-65.

The Jewish Talmud in the book of Shabbath 116a instructs Jews to burn all Christian books,

"Come and hear: The blank spaces5 and the Books of the Minim6 may not be saved from a fire, but they must be burnt in their place, they and the Divine Names occurring in them. Now surely it means the blank portions of a Scroll of the Law? No: the blank spaces in the Books of Minim. Seeing that we may not save the Books of Minim themselves, need their blank spaces be stated?—This is its meaning: And the Books of Minim are like blank spaces."—I. Epstein, Shabbath 116a, "Shabbath", The Babylonian Talmud, Volume 8, The Soncino Press, London, (1938), pp. 567-571, at 569.

The Jewish Talmud tells Jews in Gittin 57a that Jesus is boiling in hell in hot excrement and semen, which is his curse for questioning Jewish authority,

"He then went and raised Balaam by incantations. He asked him: Who is in repute in the other world? He replied: Israel. What then, he said, about joining them? He replied: Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.[Footnote: Deut. XXIII, 7.] He then asked: What is your punishment? He replied: With boiling hot semen.[Footnote: Because he enticed Israel to go astray after the daughters of Moab. V. Sanh. 106a.] He then went and raised by incantations the sinners of Israel.[Footnote: {MS.M. Jesus}.] He asked them: Who is in repute in the other world? They replied: Israel. What about joining them? They replied: Seek their welfare, seek not their harm. Whoever touches them touches the apple of his eye. He said: What is your punishment? They replied: With boiling hot excrement, since a Master has said: Whoever mocks at the words of the Sages is punished with boiling hot excrement. Observe the difference between the sinners of Israel and the prophets of the other nations who worship idols."—I. Epstein, Gittin 57a, "Gittin", The Babylonian Talmud, Volume 21, The Soncino Press, London, (1936), pp. 261-265, at 261.

The Jewish Talmud in the book of Shabbath folio 32b promises the Jews 2,800 Gentile slaves per Jew in the Jewish End Times,

"Resh Lakish said: He who is observant of fringes will be privileged to be served by two thousand eight hundred slaves, for it is said, Thus saith the Lord of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, etc.5"— I. Epstein, Shabbath 32b, "Shabbath", The Babylonian Talmud, Volume 7, The Soncino Press, London, (1938), pp. 147-150, at 149.

In the Jewish End Times, according to the Jewish Talmud in the book of Sanhedrin 57a-60b, all Gentiles must obey the Noahide Laws. In other words, Christians will be beheaded when the Jewish Temple replaces the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque and the Jewish King ascends his throne in Jerusalem.

The Jewish Talmud in Hagigah 27a states that Jews, and especially Rabbis, never go to hell—so don't waste your breath,

"R. Abbahu said that R. Eleazar said: The fire of Gehinnom4 has no power over the Scholars. It is an ad majus conclusion [to be drawn] from the salamander.5 If now [in the case of] the salamander, which is [only] an offspring of fire, he who anoints himself with its blood is not affected by fire, how much more so the Scholars, whose whole body is fire, for it is written: Is not My word like as fire? saith the Lord.6 Resh Lakish said: The fire of Gehinnom has no power over the transgressors of Israel. It is an ad majus conclusion [to be drawn] from the altar of gold. If the altar of gold, on which there is only a denar thickness of gold,7 is not affected through so many years by the fire, how much less so the transgressors of Israel, who are full of good deeds8 as a pomegranate [is of seeds]; for it is written, Thy temples are like a pomegranate split open.9 Read not 'thy temples' [rakkathek] but 'thy worthless ones' [rekanim shebak].10"—I. Epstein, Hagigah 27a, "Hagigah", The Babylonian Talmud, Volume 14, The Soncino Press, London, (1938), pp. 170-171, at 171.

The Jewish Talmud in Gittin 57b claims that the Romans murdered four billion Jews,

"The voice is the voice of Jacob and the hands are the hands of Esau:3 'the voice' here refers to [the cry caused by] the Emperor Hadrian4 who killed in Alexandria of Egypt sixty myriads on sixty myriads, twice as many as went forth from Egypt. 'The voice of Jacob': this is the cry caused by the Emperor Vespasian5 who killed in the city of Bethar four hundred thousand myriads, or as some say, four thousand myriads. 'The hands are the hands of Esau:' this is the Government of Rome which has destroyed our House and burnt our Temple and driven us out of our land."—I. Epstein, Gittin 57b, "Gittin", The Babylonian Talmud, Volume 21, The Soncino Press, London, (1936), pp. 265-268, at 266.

and Gittin folio 58a falsely records that the Romans rolled 64 million Jewish children in their scrolls and burned them,

"Rab Judah reported Samuel as saying in the name of Rabban Simeon b. Gamaliel: What is signified by the verse, Mine eye affecteth my soul, because of all the daughters of my city?6 There were four hundred synagogues in the city of Bethar, and in every one were four hundred teachers of children, and each one had under him four hundred pupils,7 and when the enemy entered there they pierced them with their staves, and when the enemy prevailed and captured them, they wrapped them in their scrolls and burnt them with fire."—I. Epstein, Gittin 57b, "Gittin", The Babylonian Talmud, Volume 21, The Soncino Press, London, (1936), pp. 268-272, at 269-270.