There are several passages in the Talmud which are believed by some scholars to be . In , Peter Schäfer wrote Jesus in the Talmud in which he tried to find a middle ground between “anti-Jewish Christian” and “apologetic Jewish”. Growing from a seminar co-taught with Israel Yuval at Princeton University, Peter Schäfer’s. Jesus in the Talmud reviews well-trodden territory but derives new. Full text of “Peter Schäfer Jesus In The Talmud” Oxfordshire 0X20 1SY All Rights Reserved Schafer, Peter, — Jesus in the Talmud / Peter Schafer, p. cm.

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Bavli Manuscripts and Censorship Notes Bibliography Index This page intentionally left blank Acknowledgments T his study has two roots.

The selection of his disciples was a gradual process, which seems to have begun with four Si- mon Peter and his brother Andrew, James son of Zebedee and his brother John 1 and ultimately led to the number twelve, clearly alluding to the twelve tribes of Israel.

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Jesus in the Talmud

The legal status of the bastard is defined in the Bible as such: Eliezer was accused of being closely associated with a student of Jesus. As to a man, they hang him facing the people, and as to a woman, they hang her facing the tree: Scattered throughout the Talmud, the founding document of rabbinic Judaism in late antiquity, can be found quite a few references to Jesus–and they’re not flattering. No, the Jewish counternarrative argues, this is all nonsense; he is anything but of noble origins.

There it is stated clearly: Moreover, he seems to ignore the question of who is the originator of these slanders— or else takes the answer for granted— and simply dismisses them as repulsive. A review of the historical Jesus through Jewish writings i.

Jesus in the Talmud by Peter Schäfer

Because he cursed 22 the Name, and the Name of Heaven 23 turned out to be profaned. Hyrkanos with nascent Christianity at the end of the first and the beginning of the The Torah Teacher 47 second century C. Keep your way far from her Prov. Now, what is it that he might have said?


Dama 15 who was bitten by a snake. Two answers to this ques- tion are possible that do not exclude but mutually supplement each other. Balaam speaks against Israel, whereas the sinners of Israel speak in their favor.

Not by coincidence, the master in the Bavli story about Yehoshua b.

This makes the author’s comments about the Bavli’s anti-Christian stance during Sasanian persecution of Christians weak and in need of extended treatment. And on Gehazi was the servant of the prophet Elisha whom Elisha cursed with leprosy because of his greed 2 Kings 5: Eliezer sfhafer once more his magical power — and that the rabbis were right in excommunicating him unless they wanted to yield their authority to miracle workers and magicians.

When there was came and an era of peace, Shimon ben Shatach sent to him a letter: The identification of Yeshu as Jesus is problematic. This time Jesus has a teacher explicitly mentioned by name and is coupled only with Gehazi, one of the other ill-behaved disciples known from the Bible whom we en- countered in the previous story.

Jesus jeeus the New Testament: Very interesting are the last pages of the book where the author compares word by tthe the various scrolls of the Talmud Bavli ralmud as the Schafrr, the Munich, the Vatican, the Firenze etc.

Abbahu lived in Caesarea, the very center of Roman rule and Palestin- ian Christianity; some scholars even argue that he may well have been ac- quainted with the Church Father Origen d. Jesus may not be directly men- tioned, but Christianity, the movement that he set in motion, may well be Introduction 3 discussed.

Jesus in the Talmud pp. Finally, even if the passages in the Talmud originally referred to someone else, this does not nullify them. From rebel to rabbi: He combines in his person and life two major strands of the rab- binic perception of Jesus and his followers: Petee was bitten by a snake, before he had a chance to schfaer down the hedge of the rabbis— he did not transgress the rabbinic commandments and nevertheless was bitten by a snake!


There are still noticeable challenges to the identification of Yeshu as Jesus, as elsewhere in the Talmud his stepfather, Pappos ben Yehuda, is mentioned as being martyred with Rabbi Akiva [3] and is himself mentioned as being among the Pharisees returning to Israel following their persecution by Jjesus Hyrcanus[8] which would place Yeshu’s lifetime anywhere between and 70 years before the birth of Jesus.

You will be guilty of a sin, unless you have committed incest. The real question, therefore, is: What does it 50 Chapter 4 mean: Advocates for the Catholic Church alleged that the Talmud contained blasphemous references to Jesus and his mother, Mary.

But still, even if any contact with a heretic is forbidden the correctness of their halakhic deductions notwithstandingthis does not seem to be the full story.

We even convinced the Roman governor or more precisely: I taljud believe there is, and I intend to demonstrate that in the chapters of this book. For the related article discussing the Hebrew name Yeshu as found in Talmud and other Jewish literature, see Yeshu. Jesus does not gain time, as the Talmud has it, but is im- mediately sentenced and executed. They [the judges] answered him: This is but another reference to a Bible verse with highly messianic overtones, namely Psalm 2: For a time, Pilate was the Roman governor who was the protector of Jesus, seeing no criminality in Jesus, and trying to have Him spared and Jeus crucified instead.