What the Talmud Says About Jesus
By Evangelist Paul Mershon
January 12, 2008
“He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11).
Ever since the cowardly and dastardly criminal attacks, in the name of “Allah” (the pagan “moon god”), upon the World Trade Center Towers in New York, and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., there has been much talk about the hateful religion known as Islam, and its so-called “holy book,” the Koran. No matter what Muslims may say, the Koran has fueled some of the most horrible blood-letting in the name of false religion in history. The hatred and vitriol aimed at Christians and Jews is so apparent, that one would be hard-pressed to accept what some of the Muslim Imams have said about Islam being a religion of peace. Religion of peace my foot! There has been nothing peaceful about Islam from its inception. Even a cursory reading of the Koran would clear up any misconceptions that Islam is a religion of peace. Live in a strict Muslim country guided by Islamic law, and then tell me that Islam is a peaceful, tolerant religious system. I think you will find out the exact opposite in short order.
Not to be compared with Islam in any way, shape or form, Judaism has certainly not been a friend to biblical Christianity either. Those of us who are saved by grace ought to love the Jewish people and care for their souls. We who are washed in the blood of the Lamb ought to seek the salvation of dear Jewish people just as we ought to seek the salvation of all men, Muslims included. We ought to do this because the Word of God has concluded that, “ . . . all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Thank God, Christ died for the sins of ALL the world, and is not willing that any should perish. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9). Knowing this, it is incumbent upon we who are saved to reach lost Jews who are steeped in religious darkness and dead ritual, with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. With that said, please allow me to share with you what the Jewish Talmud says about the Lord Jesus Christ in their open rejection of Him as their Messiah and their Lord and Redeemer.
In a recent edition of “Zion’s Fire,” a basic description of the Talmud was given.
The Talmud, which literally means “learning,” is actually a vast library, consisting of sixty-three individual works, or “tractates.” This enormous collection of literature covers a range of subjects as diverse as biblical law, medicine, agriculture, and philosophy. It is the embodiment of what is called the “oral law” – a compilation of Jewish religious traditions developed over the centuries and handed down orally from generation to generation. The Talmud consists of two main parts – the Mishna, written in Hebrew around A.D. 200, and the Gemara, written in Aramaic, around A.D. 400 in Palestine and around A.D. 500 In Babylonia. The Gemara is related to the earlier Mishna in the same way as a Bible commentary is related to the biblical text. The mastery of this enormous collection of literature, sometimes referred to as the “sea of the Talmud” (yam hatalmud), requires a lifetime of diligent study. Various attempts over the years have been made to summarize Talmudic teachings into accessible “topics,” since the style and reasoning of the rabbis quoted in its pages is rather difficult to comprehend.
I know that this is a very basic description of the Talmud, but it gives you some idea as to what these writings mean to the Jewish people. Now, please allow me to share with you what the Talmud has to say about the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Description of Jesus in the Talmud
Jesus was born out of wedlock (Mishna Yebamoth 4,13) to His mother, Miriam, and her lover Pantera (Shabbat 104b). She is said to have been the descendant of princes and rulers, and to have played the harlot with a carpenter (Sanhedrin 106a). Jesus spent time in Egypt, from where He learned magic. He was a magician who deceived and led Israel astray. He mocked at the words of the wise, was tainted with heresy, and was thus excommunicated (Sanhedrin 107b). He called Himself God, also the Son of Man, and said that He would go up to heaven (Jerusalem Taanit 65a). He was “near to the kingdom” and had five disciples (Sanhedrin 43a). He was tried in Lydda as a deceiver and as a teacher of apostasy (Tosephta Sanhedrin X, 11: Jerusalem Sanhedrin 25c,d). He was executed in Lydda, on the eve of Passover, which was also the eve of the Sabbath, by being stoned and hung, or crucified (Tosephta Sanhedrin IX, 7). For forty days a herald proclaimed that He was to be stoned, and invited evidence in His favor, but none was given (Sanhedrin 43a). He (under the name of Balaam) was put to death by Pinchas the Robber (Pontius Pilate?) when He was thirty-three years old (Sanhedrin 106b). He was punished in Gehenna by the means of boiling filth (Gittin 56b, 57a). Finally, under the name of Balaam, He is one of those excluded from the world to come (Mishna Sanhedrin X, 2).
In addition to these horribly erroneous and blasphemous statements said of Jesus in the Talmud, there is yet more to be found in the Jewish scholarly studies known as the “Toledot Yeshu” (“History of Jesus”). In this strange parody of the life of Jesus, there are similarities with what is said in the traditional Talmudic references, the only difference being that the commentary is less restrained and more elaborate. Here is a sample of what is said of the Jesus in the Toledot Yeshu.
The Description of Jesus in the Toledot Yeshu
Mary, who had been betrothed to a man named John, was seduced by her neighbor, Joseph ben Pantera. When she discovered she was pregnant, John left her and went to Babylon. When Jesus was born, she tried to pretend He was the son of John and even attempted to give Him a Jewish religious education. Jesus, however, began to reveal the evil that would later mark Him and was extremely rude to His rabbi teacher. The rabbi eventually uncovered the truth about Jesus’ father, but declared that Mary was not worthy of death because she committed the act unwillingly. Jesus, about thirty years old and now declared to be a bastard, fled to Jerusalem. There he secretly “stole” the letters of the Divine Name which had been written on the Foundation Stone of the Holy of Holies in the Temple – by sewing them under his skin! With the power of the Divine Name, He began to heal the sick and eventually gathered 310 young men as His followers. He also performed such “magic tricks” as enabling a millstone to float on the Sea of Galilee and causing clay birds to fly, and even occasionally flying Himself. At one point He was chained to an ark of the law in a synagogue in Tiberias, but His followers, called “insurgents,” rescued Him and He fled to Antioch.
Eventually, Yeshu arrived in Jerusalem on the eve of Passover, riding on a donkey. There He was arrested and examined by the “wise men.” During this time He claimed to be the Son of God and the Messiah, and cited many of the traditional messianic prophecies as being fulfilled in the events of His life. Condemned as a blasphemer by the “wise Men” (the Romans are not mentioned), He was put to death by hanging on a tree and was buried by the time of the evening prayer. On the third day, His “insurgents” declared to Helena (queen at the time!?) that they could not find Him in the tomb. At that point, the gardener revealed that he had removed the body and cast it in a nearby pool. Whereupon the “wise men” recovered the corpse, tied cords around His ankles, and dragged Him through the streets of Jerusalem.
(Source: Zion’s Fire)
Obviously, these perverted statements
regarding the person of the Lord Jesus Christ have turned millions of precious
Jewish people away from their own Messiah.
The same kind of hatred for the Lord Jesus Christ displayed when He was
brought before Pontus Pilate is obvious in the Talmud and the Toledot Yeshu. (See the full account in Matthew 27 – Mark 15
– Luke 23 – John 19). Beloved, this is
why we must seek to preach Christ and Him crucified to
the Jewish people. Their understanding
has been darkened, and their eyes blinded to the truth by their traditions and
centuries of rejection of the prophetic truths regarding their own Messiah. We
see bumper stickers pasted on automobile bumpers that ask us to, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” I often wonder if these dear folks who
place these stickers on their cars even understand the Millennial
implications of this statement. In one of
David’s “Songs of Degrees” we read, “Pray
for the Peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee” (Psalm
122:6). The day is yet to come
when Jerusalem will know peace and live in peace. That day will not come until the Lord Jesus
Christ sits upon the Throne of David as King of kings, and Lord of lords. That day will not come until the Lord Jesus
Christ establishes His Millennial Kingdom upon this earth, and the Jewish
people are back in the land, not in national pride, but in individual and national
repentance. In the meantime, we may well
pray for the peace of Jerusalem in biblical context, but must also pray
fervently for the conversion of the Jewish people. The Jewish nation will not know peace until
she know the Prince of Peace. Likewise, the
individual Jew will not know peace until he or she knows the Prince of
Note the foolish and dangerous position of mega-church pastor John Hagee regarding the Jewish people. He has been quoted as saying:
I believe that every Jewish person who lives in the light of the Torah, which is the word of God, has a relationship with God and will come to redemption . . . . In fact, trying to convert Jews is a waste of time . . . The Jewish person who has his roots in Judaism is not going to convert to Christianity. There is no form of Christian evangelism that has failed so miserably as evangelizing the Jewish people. They (already) have a faith structure. Everyone else, whether Buddhist or Baha’i, needs to believe in Jesus, he says. But not Jews. Jews already have a covenant with God that has never been replaced by Christianity . . . .
What a dangerous and unscriptural teaching! What a dangerous and unscriptural man! This man has the attention of millions of devoted followers through his television ministry, books, CDs and other media sources, and he is turning a multitude away from God’s Word for his own word, and has done much damage to the cause of evangelizing the Jewish people. I have two verses of Scripture for Mr. Hagee. Jesus made it crystal clear when He said, “ . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). In Acts 4:12 it is recorded that, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” So, Mr. Hagee must be reading from the “reversed vision,” or the “non-inspired version.” God’s Word makes it clear as a bell that no one, including the Jewish people, can be saved any other way than by exercising a saving faith in the finished work of the cross, believing that Christ died for their sins, according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, all according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15:3-4). The Jewish people will never know peace, nor will they ever have peace with God except in and through the Lord Jesus Christ alone. “THEREFORE being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2). So, let us pray fervently and sincerely that the Jewish people, along with the Gentile nations, will know true and lasting peace through the Prince of Peace.
America – A Debtor Nation
“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).
As of January 9, 2008, the United States national debt was: $9,201,117,560.372.00. That means that each and every American’s share in this debt is $30,264.05. We have become one of the worst debtors nations in world history. President George W. Bush has overseen and administered the greatest increase in national debt in our nation’s history. Both Republican and Democrat legislators have spent money like it is going out of style. Vast sums of money are being spent on some of the most foolish and vapid things imaginable, and multitudes line up at the give-away trough to fill their pockets with money they have not earned given in all good faith by taxpayers who have worked hard only to see the fruits of their labor go to a bunch of freeloaders. I read somewhere recently that the cost of the war in Iraq has now exceeded one-trillion dollars, and if we continue to engage in the occupation of that nation for as long as it may take to rebuild it, the cost could go so far off the charts that fiscal recovery will be impossible. “Nation building” has proven to be a very expensive proposition. The American dollar has been devalued worldwide, and no longer holds the prestige it once did. American banks and corporate businesses are looking for capital overseas in an effort to stay afloat. Yesterday the largest mortgage company in America was bought out by the Bank of America due to the faltering economy and the huge down-turn in the housing market. Even the Canadian dollar (the “Loonie”) is strong against the American dollar for the first time since the Gerald Ford administration. The Euro has fast become the currency of preference in the business world, and many nations are now dumping the U.S. dollar due to its instability. Saudi Arabia now threatens to no longer accept dollars for oil from any nation. Communist China, a nation that intends to one day go to war with us, has been made fat with their one-sided trade with America. They, too, are now threatening to dump the American dollar. China has been allowed to hold huge financial interests in our country. Along with a terrible trade imbalance with this communist state, they could severally hurt us should they choose to. We are a foolish people! Think of the terrible example our own government has been to our young people in the way it does business. As a people, we are not much different than our government in that we are a nation of spenders, debt-generators, and certainly not savers. The average American family is just one paycheck away from fiscal disaster. The Federal Reserve Bank and the federal regulators have tampered with the free-enterprise, capitalist, competitive system of business in America to the degree that our economy is literally collapsing on itself. I don’t know about you, but I do not trust a government that cannot keep us out of debt, cannot balance a budget, and has thrown us under the proverbial bus with a national debt level fast approaching ten-trillion dollars. Couple that with energy costs, and income never keeping up with the cost of living, and the middle class will inevitably be eliminated. Then we will have what cannot help but become a nation of the very wealthy and the very poor, a two-class society, a third-world nation like all of the others that have taken the low road of socialism with a tax and spend mentality. Couple all of this with President Bush’s “North American Union” and the promise of a borderless country, and we are in very serious trouble. All of this may not come in our lifetime, but we are not leaving much hope for our future generations. I am glad that we who are saved have our hope in the Lord, and no matter what happens to the economy, God will always take care of His own. Amen, and amen! Oh, and keep that upward look of expectation. Jesus IS coming soon! “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”