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WAS THE TALMUD BEHIND NBC'S 'BOOK OF DANIEL'?

By Rev. Ted Pike
27 Jan 06

In my last e-alert, I documented the Jewish origins of NBC’s comedy “The Book of Daniel.” 1 This show was canceled due to public outrage at its blasphemous portrayal of Jesus Christ and mockery of a “Christian” family.

I wonder how tolerant Jews would be if a Christian TV network created a similar travesty of a Jewish family. What if "Rabbi Daniel Webstein" starred as a morally ambivalent, drug-dependent synagogue leader with an alcoholic wife, homosexual son, and drug-dealing daughter? What if a morally confused Moses appeared, mumbling irrelevant platitudes?

Cries of "anti-semitism!" and “hate crime!” would arise from Jewry worldwide.

But the Jews of NBC Universal don’t hesitate to insult Christianity in a way they would never allow their own religion to be treated. In “Book of Daniel,” Jesus is even more maligned than the Christian family. Far from the all-wise Savior and Creator worshipped by Christians, NBC's "Jesus" is an airheaded fratboy.

Anti-Christianity in Judaism

Where does this animosity come from? Is there something in Judaism itself that is anti-Christian?

The media moguls bashing Christianity today are widely viewed as "secular Jews," devoid of any values except those of the almighty dollar. Yet in the early eighties, the famous Lichter-Rothman poll (conducted by Jews) revealed that 59 percent of top media executives were “raised in the Jewish religion.” The arch Christianity-basher himself, ADL head Abe Foxman, is a devout Jew. He was a member of an Orthodox congregation in Teaneck, New Jersey, for a period roughly spanning his first twenty-five years with ADL. Why did he leave? He was angry with the congregation for not praying for the government of Israel! 2

Were Foxman and 59 percent of media executives infected with anti-Christianity by Judaism itself? The answer is yes.

Talmud: Source of Anti-Christianity

The Babylonian Talmud, the codified teachings of the Pharisees who had Christ crucified, is the greatest religious, ethical and legal authority for religious Jews today. It far exceeds the authority of the Old Testament. And what does the Talmud say about Jesus? It names Him as one of the three great enemies of Judaism. (Balaam and Titus, who destroyed Jerusalem, are the other two.) 3

The Pharisees who were Christ’s contemporaries said he was possessed with a devil, a charlatan empowered by Beelzebub, a deceiver, a blasphemer, and had an unclean spirit. 4 Such denigration only intensifies in the Talmud.

The authoritative Jewish Encyclopedia says rabbinic Judaism considers Christ a bastard: “For polemical purposes, it was necessary for the Jews to insist on the illegitimacy of Jesus as against the Davidic descent claimed by the Christian church.” 5 Of Mary, the Talmud says, “She who was the descendant of princes and governors played the harlot with carpenters.” 6 “His mother ... Mary ... was known to be an adulteress.” 7 The Jewish Encyclopedia’s article on Jesus references the Talmud and the rabbinic tale about Jesus, the “Toledot Jesu” or “Life of Jesus,” as accurate descriptions of how Judaism has regarded Christ through the centuries. It says: “It is the tendency of all these sources to belittle the person of Jesus by ascribing to him illegitimate birth, magic, and a shameful death ... all of the Toledot editions contain a story of a dispute which Jesus carried on with the scribes who, on the grounds of that dispute, declared him to be a bastard.”

Pseudonyms Veil the Attacks on Christ

To evade Christian censorship in medieval times, the actual name of Jesus was replaced in the Talmud by various pseudonyms. Modern Jewish authorities hotly deny their existence. For example, they deny that “Yeshu” stands for Jesus. Yet the Jewish Encyclopedia says that any attempts to deny this pseudonym are “merely subterfuge.” 8

Of Yeshu, the Talmud says he was hung on the eve of the Passover “because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel into apostasy ...” 9 The Jewish Encyclopedia also confirms that “Son of Stada” refers to Jesus. 10 The uncensored editions of the Talmud include elders saying the Son of Stada was a fool not worthy of any attention. 11

Another pseudonym for Jesus was “Balaam.” 12 The Talmud says Balaam “met his death at the age of thirty-three ... and it is stated that he had no portion in the world to come (Sanh. x.2:90a).” 13 The Talmud encourages the denigration (as did NBC in the “Book of Daniel”) of anything having to do with the reputation of Christ. “... in the case of the wicked Balaam, whatever you find [written] about Him, lecture upon it [to His disadvantage].” 14

The Talmud portrays Jesus as a fool in the most humiliating circumstances. The unedited editions say that Jesus was excommunicated for the thought of seducing a woman and in his ensuing grief and confusion fell down and started worshipping a brick. 15

According to the Talmud, such denigration was just the beginning of his disgrace. The Jewish Encyclopedia continues: “Jesus is accordingly in the following curious Talmudic legend thought to sojourn in hell. A certain Onkelos b. Kalonikos, son of Titus’ sister, desired to embrace Judaism and called up from hell by magic, first Titus, then Balaam, and finally Jesus who are here taken as the worst enemies of Judaism. He asked Jesus: ‘Who is esteemed in that world?’ Jesus said, ‘Israel.’ ‘Shall one join them?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Further their well-being; do nothing to their detriment; whoever touches them touches the apple of his eyes.’ Onkelos then asked the nature of his punishment and was told it was the degrading fate of those who mocked the wise.” 16

Christ’s fate becomes horribly apparent in the actual text of the Talmud. “He said: ‘What is your punishment?’ They replied, ‘With boiling hot excrement, since the master has said, ‘Whoever mocks at the word of the sages is punished with boiling hot excrement.’’” 17 According to the Talmud, then, Jesus is in hell for all eternity, wallowing in boiling hot excrement!

How Relevant is the Talmud Today?

How relevant is the Talmud’s hatred of Jesus to Jews today? It depends.

In Christian America, especially during the last century, Jews have enjoyed favor and freedom from criticism, a freedom unknown in previous centuries. As a result, they have largely assimilated into American culture. Roughly 50 percent of Jewish young men now marry Gentile women, in violation of Jewish tradition. So it’s not surprising that interest in the Talmud is also at all-time low.

But in Israel, particularly among the orthodox and ultra-orthodox inhabitants of occupied territories, the Talmud and its mystical/revolutionary companion, the Zohar or Cabala, are believed and followed literally. The results are increasing reports of discrimination and intolerance against Christians, especially messianic Jews, in Israel. 18

And in contrast to the feelings of most assimilated American Jews, there remains hostile anti-Christian bias among the Jewish media elite in America. Does it stem directly from the Talmud? Consider: Laurence Tisch, head of CBS during the nineties, made no secret of the weekly Talmud studies he held in his executive suite. Top Jewish CBS execs and producers gathered to discuss the Talmud with Tisch’s rabbi. They then dispersed, many to help create the degenerate programming that still plagues America.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Will the Jews always be opposed to Jesus?

After rejecting their true Messiah 2,000 years ago and choosing the leadership of his crucifiers, the Pharisees, Judaism fell into spiritual darkness equal to the level of light they once enjoyed.

But someday, the Bible predicts, the whole Zionist experiment in Palestine will collapse. Israel’s false messiah, the anti-Christ, will lead a horde of vengeful Gentiles (including the whole Arab world) against Israel. They will disperse the Jews throughout the nations. Such will again fulfill God’s timeless law that Israel cannot occupy a holy land without obedience and faith in Jesus Christ. In this “great tribulation,” two-thirds of world Jewry will be slaughtered. The Jewish people would be completely destroyed, except for one thing: Jesus Christ suddenly will appear in the heavens in spectacular glory. The Jewish remnant, seeing Him destroy their enemies, will at last repent. They will look upon Him whom their fathers pierced and, in great national mourning, trust in their long-rejected Messiah. 19

This is the glorious light at the end of the dark tunnel of Judaic unbelief. This prophecy gives hope to the world and to all of us who love the Jewish people. It also warns those who are tempted to demonize or persecute them.

When the Jewish remnant repents, Christ will regather them and then, in the only spiritually legitimate return to Palestine in the last 2,500 years, Christ will fulfill hundreds of Bible prophecies by leading His remnant back to Palestine. There, they will live in peace and safety under His global leadership for one thousand years of peace.

Present Reality

But that day of repentance has not yet come. The church, as Rabbi Daniel Lapin commented last year, remains “under relentless attack” by what he views as “secular Judaism.” Christians must realize they have been massively deceived by those Christ called “the synagogue of Satan.” 20 Instead of habitually blessing wolves in sheep’s clothes, the church should rather heed the Scriptural warning to “beware of the leaven (teaching) of the Pharisees (Talmudists).” 21 Those who follow the Pharisees today are “enemies” of the gospel. 22

NBC’s cancellation of the “Book of Daniel” was an important victory. But more and yet more attacks will come from ADL and the Jewish-controlled media unless Christians in America speak out. We must boldly identify the racial and religious identities of our attackers. Only by such specificity will false Jewish leadership be deprived of their great advantage: the ability to deceive and corrupt America from behind the scenes.

End Notes:

1 available at www.truthtellers.org
2 Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism, by Abraham H. Foxman, Harper San Francisco
3 Gittin 56b-57a
4 John 8:48, Matthew 12:24, 27:63, John 10:36, Mark 3:30
5 “Jesus,” Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 170
6 Sanhedrin 106b, Babylonian Talmud, Soncino translation
7 “Jesus,” Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 170
8 ibid
9 Sanhedrin 43, Soncino translation
10 “It is certain. . . that the rabbinical sources also regard Jesus as the “Son of Tandera” although it is noteworthy that he is called also Ben-Stada.” From “Jesus,” Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 170, citing Shabethai 104b and Sanhedrin 67a
11 Sanhedrin 67a
12 “The pseudonym Balaam [was] given to Jesus in Sanh. 106b and Git. 57a.” From “Balaam,” Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 469 (see also “Jesus,” Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 172)
13 ibid
14 Sanhedrin 106b 
15 This passage has been omitted from the Soncino Talmud in Sanhedrin 107b, but is confirmed by the Jewish Encyclopedia’s article on “Jesus,” p. 170 
16 Git. 56b-57a, Soncino translation
17 Git. 56b
18 in an upcoming email, I will document many of these incidents
19 The Scriptural basis for this eschatology is contained in my articles, “Bible Prophecy Made Simple,” “Who are God’s Chosen People?” and “Power to Make Bible Symbolic is Power to Destroy Bible” at www.truthtellers.org.
20 Revelation 2:9, 3:9
21 Mark 8:13
22 Romans 11:28

[Article adapted from Rev. Ted Pike’s book, Israel: Our Duty, Our Dilemma]


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