THE TALMUD & JESUS CHRIST
From the Jewish Encyclopedia, we learned that the
Talmud slanders our Savior, Jesus Christ.
"... the Jewish Encyclopœdia admits that Jewish
legends concerning Jesus are found in the Talmud and Midrash and in "
the life of Jesus ( Toledot Yeshu) that originated in the Middle Ages.
It is the tendency of all these sources to belittlethe person of
Jesus by ascribing to Him illegitimate birth, magic, and a shameful
death. " 1.
Rev. I. B. Pranaitis revealed in The
Talmud Unmasked that Jesus is also
maligned as a false teacher:
"… He[Jesus] is referred to in the Talmud as
Otho Isch- "That man," i.e. the one who is known to all. In the tract
Abhodah Zarah, 6a, we read: "He is called a Christian who follows the
false teachings of that man, who taught them to celebrate the feast on
the first day of the Sabbath, that is, to worship on the first day after
Sabbath…Talui, -"The one who was hanged"…" 2.
Jewish sources avoid the Greek name "Jesus",
meaning 'savior', and abbreviate Jeschua to "Jeshu' which means "may his
name be blotted out!"
"…name in Hebrew would be Jeschua Hanotsri--Jesus
the Nazarene. He is called Notsri from the city of Nazareth… In the
Talmud Christians are also called Notsrim. (Amongst other things).
'Since the word Jeschua means 'Savior,' the name Jesus rarely occurs in
the Jewish books. It is almost always abbreviated to Jeschu… as if it
were composed of the initial letters of the three words Immach SCHemo
Vezikro-- (meaning)- -'May his name be blotted out.'" 4.
Hebrew Roots proponents claim that these teachings
are a thing of the past. However, a review of various Jewish sources in
use today discloses identical the same or similar teachings. The Talmud
and Cabala teachings of the Toledot Yeshu-- (or Tolodoth Ieschu or Sepher
Toldoth Jehoshua) are representative of teachings regarding Christ which
may be shocking to Christians. A brief overview of these teachings cites
the Talmud, (treatise Sabbath, folio 104, treatise Sanhedrim, folio 107,
and Sota, folio 47) which presents this falsified account of Jesus:
"...the Toledot Yeshu relates with the most
indecent details that Miriam, a hairdresser of Bethlehem,4. affianced to
a young man named Jochanan, was seduced by a libertine, Joseph Panther
or Pandira, and gave birth to a son whom she named Johosuah or Jeschu.
According to the Talmudic authors of the Sota and the Sanhedrim,
Jeschu was taken during his boyhood to Egypt, where he was
initiated into the secrets doctrines of the priests, and on his
return to Palestine gave himself up to the practice of magic. 5.
The Toledot Yeshu, however, goes on to say that on reaching manhood,
Jeschu learnt the secret of his illegitimacy, on account of which he was
driven out of the Synagogue and took refuge for a time in Galilee."
"Now, there was in the Temple a stone on which
was engraved the Tetragrammaton [YHWH] or Schem Hamphorasch, that
is to say, the Ineffable Name of God; this stone had been found
by King David when the foundations of the Temple were being prepared and
was deposited by him in the Holy of Holies. Jeschu, knowing this, came
from Galilee and, penetrating into the Holy of Holies, read the
Ineffable name, which he transcribed on to a piece of whom parchment and
concealed in an incision under his skin. By this means he was able to
work miracles and to persuade the people that he was the son of God
foretold by Isaiah. With the aid of Judas, the Sages of the Synagogue,
succeeding in capturing Jeschu, who was then lead before the Great and
Little Sanhedrim, by whom he was condemned to be stoned to death and
finally hanged." Such is the story of Christ according to the Jewish
Kabbalists ..." 5.
This false witness to the person of Jesus
in the Talmud is also confirmed by Rev. I. B. Pranaitis in his online
report, The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning
Christians, and other sources" 6.
In his article, "Some Disturbing
Aspects of the So-called 'Hebrew Roots' Movement and Their Implications"
Andrew Gould presents the Hebrew Roots' doubtful view concerning the
validity of the Gospel account of Jesus.
"…It has been widely accepted in
"Hebrew Roots" circles that Jesus spoke Hebrew and that the Gospels were
originally written in Hebrew. Most "Hebrew Roots" ministries have been
influenced in this notion by the output of a body called the Jerusalem
School Of Synoptic Research, [JSSR] and most especially due to the
widespread influence of the book "Understanding The Difficult Words Of
Jesus" published by David Bivin (Director of the JSSR) and his partner
Roy Blizzard. in 1984 and reprinted in 1994 and 1995…" 7.
According to the JSSR, there is a more
authentic Life of Jesus than the gospel accounts:
"… There was an original Hebrew 'Life
of Jesus', from parts of which our canonical Greek Gospel Texts are mere
compilations and translations. The individual words of the Greek texts
that we have are standard Greek equivalents used to translate Hebrew
documents into Greek, therefore we can retranslate back into Hebrew to
discover what Jesus really said. Failure to appreciate the Hebraic
origins of the Gospels has led to mistranslation, misinterpretation,
spiritually damaging error and doctrinal confusion." 8.
It has been established that the
original manuscripts for the New Testament were composed in Greek. The
Toledot Yeshu is a Hebrew version of the life of Jesus Christ for Jews
who rejected him as God come in the flesh. It is also purveyed in Jewish
sources that Jesus was not viewed as divine by his disciples, but was
viewed as the human Messiah. This subject will be pursued in the next
section on Jewish Thought.
Sir James Frazer, author of The
Golden Bough, states that to cast doubt on the historical reality of
Jesus, would be hardly less absurd than it would be to doubt Mohammed, and
so on. Other historians reiterate that the existence of Christ is an
historic fact. However, Rene' Guenon, "who writes with inside knowledge"
of Theosophy in Le Theosophisme (1921), cites a reference to the
occultic Le Lotus of 1887 which states that Jesus Christ of the New
Testament never existed, but the Jesus of the Talmud did exist:
"... Madam Blavatsky's writings, on
the person of Christ, ... 'For me, Jesus Christ, that is to say the
Man-God of the Christians, copy of the Avatars of all countries, of the
Hindu Chrishna as of the Egyptian Horus, was never a historical
personage.' Hence the story of His life was merely an allegory founded
on the existence of the 'a personage named Jehoshua born at Lud.' But
elsewhere she asserted that Jesus may have lived during the Christian
era or a century earlier 'as the Sepher Toldoth Jehoshua indicates.'
"And Madame Blavatsky went on to say
of the savants who deny the historical value of this legend, that they-
'either lie or talk nonsense. It is our Masters who affirm it. If the
history of Jehoshua or Jesus Ben Pandera is false, then the whole of the
Talmud, the whole of the Jewish canon law, is false. It was the disciple
of Jehoshua ben Parachai, the fifth President of the Sanhedrin since
Ezra, who re-wrote the Bible .... This story is much truer than that of
the New Testament, of which history does not say a word." 9.
Could it be
that Jehoshua Ben Pandera of the Talmud, who was
initiated into the 'secret doctrine' and gave himself over to the practice
of magic, is the Jehoshua or Yeshua promoted by the Hebrew Roots
teachers? The following is a portion of an e-mail exchange dated 1/28/99
between the writer and Uri Marcus of Nehemiah Trustee Covenant Fund:
Vicky Dillen: The name Jesus Christ is known
world wide and synonymous with Christianity. That is a historical fact.
Uri Marcus: Today, yes. 200+ years ago it was
synonymous with nothing. How naive you are of history...
Vicky Dillen: The Jewish people reject that
Jesus Christ was divine and believe that He was not God come in the
flesh. I believe on the other hand that He is all of that. Where do you
stand Uri? In the Jewish belief or in what Christ himself said and what
is taught in the New Testament?
Uri Marcus: I believe in the Jewish belief. But
your definition is somewhat lacking. Doesn't look like you would
understand it, since its already been explained, and it just goes right
over your head.
From the La Science des Esprits,
by the 19th century occultist, Eliphas Levi, we learned that
the Cabalistic Toledot Yeshu and similar Talmudic teachings were purposely
hidden from Christians.
"…the Toledot Yeshu, or the Sepher
Toldos Jeschu, described here as originating in the Middle Ages…belongs
in a much earlier period. Eliphas Levi asserts that 'the Sepher Toldos,
to which the Jews attribute a great antiquity and which they hid from
the Christians with such precautions that this book was for a long while
unfindable, is quoted for the first time by Raymond Martin of the Order
of the Preaching Brothers… This book was evidently written by a Rabbi
initiated into the mysteries of the Cabala 1.'" 10.
In 1242, the Talmud was put on trial and
ordered to be burned, by King Louis IX, because of its vicious slanders
against Jesus Christ and Christians. It was stated that The Talmud
encouraged the robbery and deception of Christians as a virtue; that it
was permitted to break a promise, and so on.
The stories contained in Toledot
Yeshu and similar teachings were well-known in Jewish circles, but did
not come to the knowledge of Gentiles or Christians until Raymond Martin
translated the Toledot Yeshu into Latin. Later, Martin Luther
summarized it in German under the name Schem Hamphorasch; Luther's
expose is available in French in Gustave Brunet's, Evangiles Apocryphes.
According to Geschichte der Juden,
by Jewish historian Heinrich Graetz, the image presented of Jesus Christ
is simply as an initiate of Essenism; in other words, Jesus was just
performing the miracles that any adept in the mystery religions could do.
"…Thus the Jewish historian Graetz
declares that Jesus simply appropriated to himself the essential
features of Essenism, and that primitive Christianity was "nothing but
an offshoot of Essenism"2" 12a.
Nesta Webster wrote the Talmud
characterizes Jesus Christ as a magician for an esoteric sect, such as the
". . . So after representing Christ as
a magician in the Toledot Yeshu and the Talmud, Jewish tradition seeks
to explain His miraculous works as those of a mere healer--an idea that
we shall find descending right through the secret societies to this day…
if the miracles of Christ were simply due to a knowledge of natural laws
and His doctrines were the outcome of a sect, the whole theory of His
divine power and mission falls to the ground…" 12.
When the Jewish teachings regarding
Jesus Christ were discovered in the early 1600's, a cover-up ensued. In
1631, a Jewish synod in Poland ordered the offending passages to be
expunged, and that these teaching were to be passed on orally to young
Jews by Rabbis. This is documented by P.L.B Drach:
"Drach, op.cit. I.168, 169. The text
of this encyclical is given in Hebrew and also in translation, thus: "
This is why we enjoin you, under the pain of excommunication major, to
print nothing in future editions, whether of Mischna or of the Gemara,
which relates whether for good or evil to the acts of Jesus the
Nazarene, and to substitute instead a circle like this O, which will
warn the Rabbis and schoolmasters to teach the young these passages only
viva voce. By means of this precaution the savants amongst the
Nazarenes will have no further pretext to attack us on this subject. Cf,
Abbe'Chiarini, Le Talmud de Babylone, p. 45 (1831)." 13.
The offending passages are said to have
been reinserted since then, although the such passages may not necessarily
be in English translations or newer editions. 14.
These, then, are the teachings and
thought within the Talmud regarding our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Some might say that the views
presented from the past regarding Jesus Christ do not apply today, or have
no effect on our studying Jewish tradition, teachings or thought within
the Hebrew Roots movement. Or that the above slander of Our Lord is no
longer taught. If so, then what current Jewish thought regarding the
Messiah, salvation, sin, the Son of God, and the divinity of Christ? Do
Jews define these terms as Christians do?
In his volume, The Talmud, Joseph
Barclay confirms that the writings of Drach, a Talmudist turned Catholic
whose writings were never refuted by Jews, called Jesus was a sorcerer:
" … Abominable calumnies on Christ and
Christianity occur not only in the Cabala but in the earlier editions of
the Talmud. In these, says Barclay - 'Our Lord and savior is 'that one',
'such an one', 'a fool', 'the leper', 'the deceiver of Israel', etc.
Efforts are made to prove that He is the son of Joseph Pandira before
His marriage with Mary. His miracles are attributed to sorcery the
secret of which He brought in a slit in His flesh out of Egypt. He is
said had been first stoned and then hanged on the eve of the Passover.
His disciples are called heretics and opprobious names. They are accused
of immoral practices, and the New Testament is called a sinful book. The
references to these subjects manifest the most bitter aversion and
the diversity of thought inside Judaism as found in four different
groupings - Orthodoxy, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist Judaism
- we cannot claim that the respective ideas of each group agree on all
points. However, there are some underlying beliefs that appear to remain
constant and accepted by most Jews regarding Christ, the Messiah,
salvation, sin, and so on.
The Jewish Messiah
Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein, considered a
Conservative Jew, explains The Differences between Judaism and
Christianity in his book by that name. In a chapter, "The Jewish View
of Jesus," Dr. Epstein gives Jesus credit for being a good teacher, but
"To Christians, the central tenet of
their religion is the belief that Jesus is the Son of God, part of the
trinity, the savior of souls who is the messiah. He is God's revelation
through flesh. Jesus was, in Christian terms, God incarnate, God in the
flesh who came to Earth to absorb the sins of humans and therefore free
from sin those who accepted his divinity. To Jews, whatever wonderful
teacher and storyteller Jesus may have been, he was just a human, not
the son of God (except in the metaphorical sense in which all humans are
children of God). In the Jewish view, Jesus cannot save souls; only God
can. Jesus did not, in the Jewish view, rise from the dead." 16.
The "Jews for Judaism" web site
describes Jesus as a false prophet predicted in the Old Testament.
"…Jesus the Nazarene, who imagined
that he would be messiah and was killed, is alluded to in the book of
Daniel, as it is said, `And the sons of the transgressors among thy
people will rise, in order to establish a vision, and will stumble'
(Dan. 11:14). Can there be a greater stumbling then this? All the
prophets said that messiah will be a redeemer and a savior to the
Israelites, will bring together their outcasts, and will strengthen
their obedience to the Divine precepts, but he (Jesus) caused
destruction by the sword to Israel, the dispersion of those left, and
their humiliation. He changed the law, and misled many people to worship
a being beside G-D…." 17.
Rabbi Hyam Maccoby, in Revolution in
Judaea, written in 1973 and still proclaimed accurate today, defines
the Jewish view of Messiah as an anointed one, and angel or king, but not
"The title "Messiah' (Greek-Christos)
was not a divine title among the Jews. It simply means ' anointed'. It
was given to two Jewish officials, King and the High Priest… every
Jewish king of the house of David was known as Messiah, or Christ…" 18.
"The 'Son of Man', was not a Messiah.
He was an angel identified with the Guardian Angel of Israel, with
Metatron, with the angel who guided the Children of Israel in the
"…There is hardly any reference in the
Prophetic writings of the Old Testament to the Messiah as a person.
There is no splendid shining figure judging mankind, sitting at the
right-hand of God and coming very near to eclipsing God Himself by His
"Messiah…in Jewish eyes, belonged to
royalty, not divinity. Even the title 'Son of God" was to Jews (but not
to the Gnostics) a human title applied at various times in the Hebrew
Scriptures to Kings such as King David…"Son of Man" also was not a
divine title…far better known as a mode of address to a prophet…to mean
simply 'human being'." 21.
The Jews for Judaism web site
explains the historical "Jewish Belief in Messiah," from the Mishna
(Torah) by Maimonides, as one who would restore the Kingdom of David:
"... In his monumental work Mishneh
Torah, Maimonides (1135-1204) spelled out the fundamental Jewish concept
of the messiah as it was handed down to us, generation after generation,
from the time of the prophets…"
"…from the Mishneh Torah, Hilchot
Melachim XI - XII. The King Messiah will in some future time come,
restore the kingdom of David to its former power, build the Temple,
bring together the scattered of Israel, and all the ancient laws will
again be in force. Sacrifices will be offered, and years of release and
Jubilees will be kept as prescribed in the Torah. Whoever does not
believe in him, or does not hope for his coming, shows a lack of faith
not only in the prophets, but also in the Torah…" 22.
Some Jews have believed there would be
many Messiahs. At the time of Christ, Hyam Maccoby states:
"… Any leader who succeeded in driving
out the Romans and setting up an independent Jewish state would have
little difficulty in being recognized as the Messiah. His very success
would prove his claim. Thus Bar Kochba was recognized as the Messiah by
Rabbi Akiva even though there was no evidence of his descent from
Demonstrating the spiritual blindness of
the Jews, The Jewish Guardian
of 1924 interpreted the great messianic prophecy, Isaiah 53, as the
sufferings of Israel, rather than Jesus Christ:
"… an article in the Jewish Press,…
according to the teaching of the 'Liberal Jewish Synagogue,' the
beautiful passages in the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah concerning 'the
Man of Sorrows acquainted with grief,' usually supposed by Christians to
relate to the promised Messiah, are interpreted to modern Jewish youth
as relating to Israel and signifying that Israel's 'sufferings were
caused by the sins of other nations,' who thus 'escaped the suffering
they deserved.' Consequently, 'Israel was offered for the sake of the
whole world.'2." 24.
A Jewish Theocracy
According to Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein,
current Jewish teaching precludes Jesus as the Messiah because it is
unanimously believed that the Messiah will bring peace:
"Jesus is not seen as the messiah. In
the Jewish view, the messiah is a human being who will usher in an era
of peace. We can tell the messiah by looking at the world and seeing if
it is at peace. From the Jewish view, this clearly did not happen when
Jesus was on Earth or anytime after his death." 25.
Hyam Maccoby believed Jesus to be a
rebel, but misrepresented by the gospel accounts out of fear of reprisals
"…Jesus was executed as a rebel,
against Rome, not as a blasphemer against the Jewish religion, and that
the Gospel's misrepresentations on this point are politically
motivated--I regard as strongly established…" 26.
Hyam Maccoby is considered a classical
scholar and Rabbi of Reform Judaism, and has in recent years been director
of the library at the Leo Baeck College of Judaistics in London. His books
appear to present accepted ideas regarding Christ, Christianity and the
New Testament and the Jewish thought. To clarify Jewish views and dispel
Christian misconceptions of the Messiah, Maccoby redefined Jesus' mission:
"…The phrase 'the kingdom of
God'…meant the reign of God (not His heavenly territory) and referred to
a projected return to a Jewish system of theocracy…" 27.
"….He [Jesus] had campaigned among
'the lost sheep of Israel', calling them to repentance, because he felt
that the coming of God's Kingdom was being held back by Israel's sin's.
Pharisee writings often stress that God's promises to Israel are not
automatically fulfilled; they depend on Israel's worthiness and
co-operation ... " 28.
"…Jesus' mission as a prophet was
exclusively directed towards the Jews, not towards the Gentiles. The
idea that Jesus rejected the Jews and transferred the Old Testament
'promises' to the Gentiles was a later invention of the
Gentile-Christian Church…" 29.
"… Some believed that the Messiah
would inaugurate a new era for the whole world; that the nations of the
world would acknowledge the One God and his Temple in Jerusalem; that
the Jews would be revered as the chosen priests of the One God; and that
an era of world peace would begin when, in the words of Isaiah's
wonderful internationalist vision, the swords would be beaten into
plowshares and the wolf would lie down with lamb. Some, however, did not
believe that the coming of the Messiah would necessarily bring about an
era of international peace. There might be many Messiahs - many more
sorrows and comfortings, defeats and victories - for the Jewish people
before that happened. After all, there had been Messiahs before and none
had brought everlasting peace. The vision of Isaiah was acknowledged by
every Pharisee, as the word of God but it was not necessarily attached
to the expectation of the coming Messiah who would defeat the Romans."
In The Traditions of the Jews,
from the Talmud (treatises Baba Bathra folio 74b, Pesachim folio 32,
Bekhoroth folio 57 and Massektoth Ta'anith folio 31), J.P Stehaln presents
a glorious scenario of the Messianic era - without Jesus Christ as the
"… when the Messianic era arrives.
After the return of the Jews from all nations and parts of the world…
the Messiah, we are told in the Talmud, will entertain them at a
gorgeous banquet, where they will be seated at tables and regaled with
wine from Adam's wine-cellar. The first course is to consist of a
roasted ox named Behemoth, so immense that every day it eats up the
grass upon a thousand hills; the second of a monstrous fish Leviathan;
the third of a female Leviathan boiled and pickled; the fourth of a
gigantic roast fowl known as Barjuchne, of which the egg alone was so
enormous that when it fell out of the nest it crushed three hundred tall
cedars and the white overflowed threescore villages. This course is to
be followed up by "the most splendid and pompous Dessert," that can be
procured, including fruit from the Tree of Life and "the Pomegranates of
Eden which are preserved for the Just."
"At the end of the banquet "God will
entertain the company at a ball"; He Himself will sit in the midst of
them, and everyone will point Him out with his finger, saying: "Behold,
this is our God: we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in
His salvation." 31.
On Sin and Salvation
"For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God." Rom. 3:23
From "The Differences between Judaism
and Christianity, we can see the great partition between Jewish and
Christian thought on sin.
"Judaism does not accept the notion of
original sin, the idea that people are bad from birth and cannot remove
sin by themselves but need an act of grace provided by the sacrificial
death of Jesus as atonement for all of humanity's sins. For Christians,
there are no other forms of salvation other than through Jesus." 32.
Dr. Epstein goes on to explain Jewish
views on sin and atonement: the sinner must seek forgiveness from God
through human works.
"He [Jesus] also did not absorb the
sins of people. For Jews, sins are removed not by Jesus' atonement but
by seeking forgiveness. Jews seek forgiveness from God for sins against
God and from other people (not just God) for sins against those people.
Seeking forgiveness requires a sincere sense of repenting but also
seeking directly to redress the wrong done to someone. Sins are
partially removed through prayer which replaced animal sacrifice as a
way of relieving sins. They are also removed by correcting errors
against others. " 33.
Hyam Maccoby explains the Jews' complete
denial that salvation is a spiritual issue, requiring a sacrifice for sin:
"... There was no concept of a
Suffering Messiah who would die on the cross to purge mankind of sin….
To the Jews salvation was a physical not a purely spiritual concept. The
Messianic age, to the Jews, was to be the culmination of human history
on earth. 34.
Maccoby also believes that it is
possible for man to approach God in a sinless condition:
"…The belief in the efficacy of prayer
was very strong among the Pharisees…. Only the most concerted beam of
concentration, directed from Gethsemane to God, could obliterate the
traces of the sins of Israel, and bring about the hour of redemption.
Jesus alone was not sufficient…This explains why Jesus narrowed down his
company to the Twelve on that night. He wanted the company of those on
whom he could most rely, for the power of sinless prayer would be far
more important than the strength of mere number." 35.
On Heaven and Hell
The writings of Dr. Epstein present
the Jews' hyper-spiritualized and non-threatening views of afterlife:
"...Traditionalists gave the name
Gehenna to the place where souls were punished. Many Jewish thinkers
noted that since, essentially, God is filled with mercy and love,
punishment is not to be considered to be eternal. There are, similarly,
many varying conceptions of paradise, such as that paradise is the place
where we finally understand the true concept of God. It is also possible
that there is no separate Heaven and Hell, only lesser or greater
distance from God after death. In addition, punishment might be
self-determined on the basis of suffering in kind the suffering the
person brought about. That is, Judaism doesn't have a clear sense of
Heaven and Hell, with different places in Hell for different
punishments. Rather, the idea is that God uses the afterlife to provide
ultimate justice and for the wicked to seek some sort of final
We note that
For the wages of sin is death; but the
gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6:20-23
And as it is appointed unto man once
to die, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27
Dr. Epstein expounds the Jewish doctrine
of "oneness" as opposed to the Christian doctrine of the "Trinity", or
three Persons in the Godhead:
"Judaism insists on a notion of
monotheism, the idea that there is one God. As Judaism understands this
idea, God cannot be made up of parts, even if those parts are
mysteriously united. The Christian notion of trinitarianism is that God
is made up of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Such
a view, even if called monotheistic because the three parts are, by
divine mystery, only one God, is incompatible with the Jewish view that
such a division is not possible. The Jewish revolutionary idea is that
God is one. This idea allows for God's unity and uniqueness as a
creative force. Thus, for Jews, God is the creator of all that we like
and all that we don't. There is no evil force with an ability to create
equal to God's. Judaism sees Christianity's trinitarianism as a
weakening of the idea of God's oneness." 37.
A teacher of the Hebrew Roots of
Christianity, Peter Michas of Messengers of Messiah, asserted this very
belief in the "oneness" doctrine": Yet the minute I saw the Hebrew
thinking of the oneness and the rest of it, it was never unclear to me
In his book,
The Rod of an Almond Tree in God's
Master Plan, Peter. Michas
expands upon his acceptance of the Hebrew viewpoint of God and the
"The unity of Yeshua HaMashiach with
God the Father and the Holy Spirit has never been clearly understood
from the doctrine of the Trinity..." 39.
"To understand the true relationship
of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, it is essential
to preserve the concept of oneness..." 40.
"The aspect of the Father may be
simply understood as the Will of God. The aspect of the Son may be
understood as the Word of God. The aspect of the Spirit of the Holy One
may be understood as the Power of God..." 41.
"To say God is three 'persons' opens
the door to misunderstanding God. God is Spirit and cannot be reduced to
the concept of a person..." 42.
"The Spirit of the Holy One is the
very essence of the power of God the Father and not some separate
Note that Peter Michas refers to the
Godhead as three "aspects" and the Holy Spirit as an "essence" rather than
The only place one finds a trinitarian
concept of the godhead in Judaism is in the Kabbalah, the book of Jewish
"M. Vulliaud quotes Isaac Meyer's
assertion that, "the triad, of the ancient Cabala is Kether, the Father;
Binah, the Holy Spirit or the Mother; and Hochmah, the Word or the Son."
But in order to avoid the sequence of the Christian Trinity this
arrangement has been altered in the modern Cabala of Luria and Moses of
Cordovero, etc." 44.
The Jewish Encyclopœdia makes clear that
the Cabalistic trinity is not to be confused with Christianity.
"... The Jewish Encyclopœdia…goes
on to say that what appears to be Christian in the Cabala is only
esoteric doctrine." 45.
Jewish people characterise
Christians in terms very different from what we might expect.
Avi ben Mordechai states that Jews are
specifically are prostelyze:
"… He said to go out into all the
world (as you go) and make talmidim of all the goyim. …we are His
talmidim or students of His Oral Traditions which is the proper
definition of the term 'Gospel.' We are to follow His Mishnah and Gemara,
i.e., His Talmud, and take it to the goyim, teaching them to observe all
that He commanded us!…" 46.
Isn't this precisely the ministry of
Peter Michas, Jacob Prasch and other Hebraic Roots teachers: taking the
Talmud to the goyim. The term "goyim" which Mr. Mordechai uses needs to be
understood in its historical context. Citing information from the
Kabbalistic book, the Zohar, a part of the Jewish mysticism which Avi ben
Mordechai teaches, we note:
"… the Chosen People…forms the basis
of all Talmudic and Cabalistic writings. …According to the Zohar, 'All
Israelites will have a part in the future world,' and on arrival there
will not be handed over like the goyim (or non-Jewish races) to the
hands of the angel Douma and sent down to Hell.5.
Indeed the goyim are even denied human attributes." 47.
According to The Emek ha Melek,
the work of the Cabalist Naphtali, a disciple of Luria, the goyim are of
"…Thus the Zohar again explains that
the words of the Scripture 'Jehovah Elohim made man', mean that He made
Israel. 6. The seventeenth-century Rabbinical treatise Emek ha Melek
observes: 'Our Rabbis of blessed memory have said: 'Ye Jews are men
because of the soul ye have from the Supreme Man (i.e, God). But the
nations of the world are not styled men because they have not, from the
Holy and Supreme Man, the Neschama (or glorious soul) but they have the
Nephesch (soul) from Adam Belial, that is the malicious and unnecessary
man, called Sammael, the Supreme Devil.'" 48.
Another way of saying or spelling goyim,
is "Goi". Rev. I. B. Pranaitis, in his online work, The Talmud
Unmasked, notes that this term has been removed from recent editions:
"Goi- Race, or people. The Jews
also call a man a Goi - a gentile; they call a gentile woman a Goiah.
... It is mostly applied to non-Jews, or idolators. In Jewish books
which treat of Idolatry, worshippers of idols are often called by this
single word Goi. For this reason, in more recent editions of the Talmud
the use of the word Goi is purposely avoided and other words for
non-Jews are substituted.
It is well known that in the Jewish
language, the Jews call Christians among whom they live, Goim. Nor do
the Jews deny this.
Sometimes in their popular magazines
they say that this word means nothing harmful or evil. But the contrary
can be seen in their books written in the Hebrew language. For
instance, in Choschen Hammischpat (34, 22), the name Goi is used in a
"Traitors and Epicureans and Apostates
are worse than Goim"49.
Indeed the whole idea of gentiles or
"goyim" studying the Jewish oral law as suggested by Jacob Prasch, Peter
Michas, Avi ben Mordechai and others, is in direct disobedience to the
proclamations in the Talmud. Even a Christian who is found studying the
Law of Israel merits death. Sanhedrin (59a) states:
"Rabbi Jochanan says: A Goi who pries
into the Law is guilty to death. "Even a Christian who is found studying
the Law of Israel merits death."
It is also perplexing that the leaders
of the Hebrew Roots movement would direct our studies to the teachings of
the sages in the Talmud, Mishna and Midrash, when these same sages have
been teaching the Jewish people to destroy the writings of the Christians
including the New Testament.
"Shabbath 116a. Jews must destroy the
books of the Christians, i.e. the New Testament."
The organization, Jews for Judaism, "the
Worlds foremost countermissionary organization", intimates
that the Jews are not fooled by Christians who assume a Jewish image to
proselytize them. Even Jews recognize the great divide between Judaism and
"… Though Hebrew Christianity claims
to be a form of Judaism, it is not… It deceptively uses the sacred
symbols of Jewish observance (i.e. community Passover seders, menorahs,
messianic services, etc.) as a cover to convert Jews to Christianity, a
belief system antithetical to Judaism… Hebrew Christianity is not a form
of Judaism and its members, even if they are of Jewish birth, cannot be
considered members of the Jewish community. Hebrew Christians are in
radical conflict with the communal interests and the destiny of the
Jewish people. They have crossed an unbreachable chasm by accepting
another religion. …"
"… practice of any other religious
tradition has been understood to lead to the loss of rights to full
participation in the Jewish community…Our history has clearly shown that
when confronted with a group of Jews which has adopted another faith and
seeks to convert others, we must stand firm in asserting that this other
faith is not Judaism and that its adherents have forfeited their
privileges as Jews. Jewish tradition believes that the opportunity to
return to participation in the Jewish community is always open. When
this occurs, all privileges are restored." 50.
This repudiation of those who apostatize
from Judaism is stronger in the Talmud teachings of the Oral Law of the
sages. Hilkhoth Akum (X, 2) states that defectors must be killed.
"These things [supra] are intended for
idolaters. But Israelites also, who lapse from their religion and become
epicureans, are to be killed, and we must persecute them to the end. For
they afflict Israel and turn the people from God." 51.
Christians or converted Jews who affect
a Jewish demeanor or compromise Christian doctrine to appeal to the Jewish
mindset are surrendering the priceless pearl of Jesus Christ who alone
leads to salvation. The ecumenical approach does not lead Jews to Jesus
Christ, but patronizes their religion of dead works, and results in the
Christian's acceptance of religion on Jewish terms.
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty
wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the
yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul, say unto you, that if ye be
circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to
every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified
by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for
the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither
circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which
worketh by love. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not
obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you."
Contemporary Jewish thought reflects the
same aversion to Jesus Christ as historical Judaism:
"Jews vary about what they think of
Jesus as a man. Some respect him as an ethical teacher who accepted
Jewish law, as someone who didn't even see himself as the messiah, who
didn't want to start a new religion at all. Rather, Jesus is seen by
these Jews as someone who challenged the religious authorities of his
day for their practices. In this view, he meant to improve Judaism
according to his own understanding not to break with it." 52.
Hyam Maccoby sums up Jewish thought
regarding Jesus as this:
"With the composition of the Gospels,
then, a fictitious Jesus was created, suitable for the needs of the
Hellenistic Gentile-Christian Church. The Prophet King, human and
Jewish, who was revered but not worshiped by the Jewish-Christian Church
was turned into a Divine Sacrifice. Jesus, who was, in reality, an
apocalyptic Pharisee rabbi who claimed the titles of Prophet and King,
was turned into a pagan god." 53.
Dr. Epstein concludes:
"Whatever the Jewish response is, one
point is crucial. No one who is Jewish, no born Jew and no one
who converts to Judaism, can believe in Jesus as the literal son of God
or as the messiah. For the Jewish people, there is no God but God."
We could elaborate further on the Jewish
thought regarding the New Testament, the writings of Paul, who was viewed
as a heretic, and the disciples. We could expand the idea that many Jews
believe that James and Peter were Pharisaic Rabbis, who believed in the
Jewish idea of the Messiah-- that Jesus was not divine.
We could expand upon the Jewish theory
that James, believed to have been the head of the Nazarene movement, was
not in any way in conflict with the teachings of the Pharisees, but was
devout in promoting them. We could expand on the Jewish idea that Paul,
not Jesus, is viewed as the originator of Christianity, of the Jewish
notion that Jesus' divinity derived from Greek paganism. We could, but
one only has to go to Jewish websites and see that their beliefs are
diametrically opposed to Christianity. Sadly, we would also see the denial
of the virgin birth and condemnation of all things Christian. The Jews are
devout in their convictions.
If Jewish sources reject the very
concept of a divine Messiah, how are Christians to learn the 'true
meaning' of Scripture from them, without repudiating the doctrines of
Jesus Christ, salvation, sin and the entire New Testament? It is
impossible. While the Hebrew or messianic movements urge us to embrace
"our foundational Hebrew roots", Scripture tells us that our foundation is
none other than Jesus Christ:
"For other foundation can
no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. " I Cor. 3:11
The Talmud & Demonology
All Scripture Quotes from the Authorized
King James Bible
1. Jewish Encyclopædia, article
on Jesus; as Cited in: Nesta H. Webster," Secret Societies and Subversive
Movements", p. 20; Omni Publications, 1964
2. Rev. I. B. Pranaitis; The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret
Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians; The Talmud; Part One, ch.1,
Jesus Christ in the Talmud; holywar.org/txt/talmud_unmasked.html
5. cf. Baring-Gould, op.cit., quoting Talmud, treatise Sabbath, folio
104, (S. Baring-Gould, The Counter Gospels, 1874); 5. Ibid., p.55, quoting
Talmud, treatise Sanhedrim, folio 107, and Sota, folio 47; Eliphas Levi,
La Science des Esprits, pp.32,33. As Cited in Nesta H. Webster,
6. Rev. I. B. Pranaitis; op.cit. Part One, Ch. 1, Jesus Christ in the
7. Andrew Gould, "SOME DISTURBING ASPECTS OF THE SO-CALLED "HEBREW
ROOTS' MOVEMENT, AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS, 1998
9. Rene Guenon, Le Theosophisme, (1921) p.193, quoting Le
Lotus for December, 1887; as Cited in: Nesta H. Webster, op.cit.,p.299.
10. Elipha Levi, La Science des Esprits, p. 40; as Cited in:
Nesta H. Webster, Ibid., p.20.
11. The book was translated in Latin by Raymond Martin; German by
Luther under the name Schem Hamphorasch; French by Gustave Brunet,
Evangiles Apocryphes; as Cited in: Nesta H. Webster, Ibid., p.21.
12. 2. Graetz, Geschichte der Juden, III. 216-52 as Cited in:
Nesta H. Webster, Ibid., p. 23
13. Nesta H. Webster, Ibid., p.20
14. Ibid., p.22.
15. Joseph Barclay, The Talmud, pp.38,39; cf Drach , op.cit I.
167 as Cited Webster, Ibid. p. 18-19.
16. Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein; "The Differences between Judaism and
Christianity"; The Conversion to Judaism Home page:
17. Jews for Judaism, http://www.jewsforjudaism.org/javasite/webdocs/messianicjudaism.html
18. Hyam Maccoby; "Revolution in Judaea: Jesus and the Jewish
Resistance"; p. 100; Ocean Books; 1973
19. Ibid., p.101-102.
21. Ibid.,p. 128.
22. Jews for Judaism, http://www.jewsforjudaism
23. Hyam Maccoby, op. cit., p.100.
24. Jewish Guardian for January 25,1924; as Cited in: Nesta H.
Webster, op.cit.,p. 375.
25. Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein, op.cit.,
26. Maccoby, Ibid. , acknowledgements.
27. Ibid., p. 147-148
28. Ibid., p. 194
29. Ibid., p. 149
30. Ibid., p. 102-103
31. J.P Stehaln, The Traditions of the Jews, II.215-20, quoting
from the Talmud treatises Baba Bathra folio 74b, Pesachim folio 32,
Bekhoroth folio 57, Massektoth Ta'anith folio 31. The Zohar also refers to
the female Leviathan (section Bô, de Pauly's trans., III.167) Drach shows
that amongst the delights promised by the Talmud after the return to
Palestine will be the permission to eat pork and bacon. --De l'Harmonie
entre l'Eglise et la Synagogue, I. 265, 276, quoting treatise Hullin,
folio 17, 82. As Cited in, Pg. 372, "Secret Societies and Subversive
Movements" by Nesta H. Webster; Omni Publications, Eighth edition,
32. Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein, op.cit.,
34. Maccoby, op. cit., p. 105.
35. Maccoby, Ibid., p. 194-195
36. Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein, op.cit.,
38. Peter Michas; Ha-Talmidim Trinity Discussion; also see Rod of the
39. Peter Michas, THE ROD OF AN ALMOND TREE IN GOD'S MASTER PLAN,
WinePress Publishing, (Mukilteo, WA 98275) Chapter 14. p. 255-56.
40. Ibid. p. 256.
41. Ibid. p.257.
42. Ibid. p.257.
43. Ibid. p.257.
44. Paul Vulliaud, La Kabbale Juive: histoire et doctrine, Vol.
II. p. 411, as cited in Nesta H. Webster, op.cit., p.15.
45. Jewish Encyclopœdia, article on Cabala, p.478; Cited in:
Webster, Ibid. p. 15.
46. Avi ben Mordechai, Halacha, www.millenium7000.com/halacha.htm
47. Zohar, treatise Toldoth Noah, folio 59b, (De Pauly trans., I, 347;
5. Zohar, treatise Lekh-Lekha, folio 94a (De Pauly trans., I, 535); as
Cited in: Nesta H. Webster, op.cit.,p.13.
48. Zohar, treatise Bereschith, folio 25a (De Pauly trans. I, 161); 7.
The Emek ha Melek is the work of the Cabalist Naphtali, a disciple of
Luria; as Cited in Ibid.,p.13
49. Rev. I. B. Pranaitis; The Talmud Unmasked; holywar.org/txt/talmud_unmasked.html
50. Jews for Judaism, www.jewsforjudaism.org/javasite/webdocs/chalenge.html
51. Pranaitis, op.cit.
52. Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein, op.cit.,
53. Maccoby, op. cit., p. 246.
54. Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein, op.cit,