Okay, this is part one of a multi-part series I’m doing to show that the “physical evidence” of Jesus outside of the Bible is easily debunked. The world needs to know this stuff to begin to move past religion and into the oneness of unity consciousness to help heal this planet and everyone on it.
The Talmud, if you don’t know, is a collection of Hebrew writings the are identified as the primary source of Jewish religious law and theology. Originally, Jewish scholarship was preserved orally, but with the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple – which was a center for teaching and learning – by the Roman authorities around 70 CE, the Jewish religious scholars needed to start writing everything down in order to preserve their law and theology.
That’s a brief take on what the Talmud is but my article today is on the supposed “proof” that Jesus is referenced therein. He isn’t at all and the evidence will speak for itself.
- The Talmud was compiled and written in the 4th century around the year 500 CE, hundreds of years after the supposed death of Jesus.
- Jesus was executed by the Jews, not Romans.
- The Jesus portrayed in the Talmud is placed in history around 100 years before the Jesus in the Gospels. The Bishop of Salamis, Epiphanius (310-403 CE) corroborates this as well.
- The story of Jesus is quite different than what is found in the New Testament.
- This Jesus was actually stoned to death, not crucified, then hung on display according to Jewish law.
- The sources of the Talmud are unknown and their reliability thus falls into question.
Credit: Richard Carrier
Wikipedia adds some additional information to put an end to this argument.
There are several passages in the Talmud which are believed by some scholars to be references to Jesus. The name used in the Talmud is “Yeshu“, the Aramaic vocalization (though not spelling) of the Hebrew name Yeshua.
The identification of Yeshu as Jesus is problematic. For example, the Talmud mentions Yeshu ben Pandera/ben Stada‘s stepfather, Pappos ben Yehuda, speaking with Rabbi Akiva, who was executed at the culmination of the Bar Kokhba revolt in 135 CE. Furthermore, Yeshu the Pharisee student is described as being a student of the second-century BCE nasi Joshua ben Perachiah, as well as being among the exiled Pharisees returning to Israel following their persecution by John Hyrcanus, an event which occurred in 74 BC. Additionally, Yeshu the sorcerer was executed by the royal government which lost legal authority in 63 BC.
Next, we’ll cover the Roman Historian Suetonius.