Monday, March 24, 2008

What the "Elder Brothers in the Faith" Believe about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

From Jesus in the Talmud by Professor and Director of Judaic Studies at Princeton University, Peter Schafer:

The prerequisite for Jesus' claim to be the Son of God is the belief in his resurrection: it is only through his resurrection and subsequent ascent to heaven that the executed criminal can prove that he is indeed the Son of God. Our rabbinic texts, all in the Bavli [Babylonian Talmud], emphasize that Jesus, the new Balaam, does not have a portion in the world to come: his fate is that he must be punished in hell forever, with no chance of redemption--and the same is true for his followers: they better give up any hope of earning eternal life in his succession, as his apostles promise ... Jesus is punished by forever sitting in hell in the excrement of his followers, who believe that through eating his flesh and drinking his blood, they will live forever. (Peter Schafer, Jesus in the Talmud, Princeton University Press, pp.111, 113)

Those who believe these things about the Lord, Jesus Christ and His followers may be the elder brothers in the faith of Benedict and his cronies, as they say, but the question must be asked then, what is this faith they have in common? It's not faith in the God of Moses, for Jesus Christ Himself said:

He who honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father, who hath sent him. Amen, amen I say unto you, that he who heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath life everlasting; and cometh not into judgment, but is passed from death to life ... And the Father himself who hath sent me, hath given testimony of me: neither have you [Pharisees] heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him you believe not ... For if you did believe Moses, you would perhaps believe me also; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?


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Anonymous said...

Everyone who loves Jesus and who considers themselves a Christian, ought to write the University of Princton and admonish them for allowing Schafer to teach lies and dead concepts (Schafer is a professor of Judaic studies there).

The fact that someone has been executed by lies as a criminal DOES NOT MAKE HIM A CRIMINAL. The Jews and the University know this, yet they perpetrate lies.

Maurice Pinay said...

The fact that someone has been executed by lies as a criminal DOES NOT MAKE HIM A CRIMINAL.

Schafer, as a scholar, is merely restating the Talmud's fictional account of Christ's execution. This does not establish that he himself believes Christ is a criminal. Whatever his personal beliefs are, his book, although not perfect, is certainly an important contribution to scholarship on Judaism. I hope that other respected scholars will truthfully critically analyze Judaism.