Mar 9, 2011

28 Did Jewish literature tell the life of Jesus

Believer says: The Jewish Talmud, compiled between AD 70 and AD 200, tells about Jesus as follows:

On the eve of the Passover Yeshu [Jesus] was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy.”

But skeptic says: Yes, but that Yeshu couldn’t have been Jesus of the New Testament; because the Jewish Talmud connects up the sorcerer in question to the time of Alexander Jannaeus, the ruler of Palestine 104 BC to 79 BC. That Yashu story is set in about 90 BC! 

Another Jewish document, Toledoth Yeshu, contains a biography of a Jesus quite similar to the Gospel Jesus. It includes unflattering details, such as Yeshu was a fake. But the catch is, the composition of Toledoth Yeshu dates to the sixth century AD. And sets the sorcerer Yeshu in 90 BC again!
Recap: It's better not to get serious with associating Jesus with the Talmudic story of Yeshu. The Talmud doesn’t include any historical evidence for the Jesus of the Gospels.

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