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Anti-Semitism is a Trick: A Brief Historical and Theological Analysis

 

“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” Romans 2:28-29

… by  Jonas E. Alexis

 

Last summer, Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who once called himself “a Zionist pig,”[1] wanted to ban both Muslim and Jewish ritual slaughter of animals in the Netherlands. Wilders previously got accolades from both the neoconservative establishment in Europe and America and some groups in Israel.[2]

According to the Zionist reading of things, by the end of summer Wilders morphed into a full-blown anti-Semite because he wanted to ban both Muslim and Jewish ritual slaughter of animals. Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi Yona Metzger declared of Wilders’ stand: “This is the classical anti-Semitic way our rites have been targeted and demonized throughout history.”[3] Similarly, Manfred Gerstenfeld, an Israeli author, declared that Wilders was spreading anti-Semitism across Europe.[4]

Geert Wilders

Metzger and Gerstenfeld did not even mention that the ban was also against Muslim rituals. The ritual slaughter of animals by any group would have been prohibited, but because Jews were included in this ban, Metzger and Gerstenfeld saw the proposed law as anti-Semitic.

To put it another way, suppose Wal-Mart closes at midnight and does not allow anyone into the store until the next morning. Would it be anti-Semitic to say that Wal-Mart does not allow Jews into the store after midnight? According to the implications of what Metzger and Gerstenfeld propounded, it is.

We see the logical extension of this in other areas. For example, Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post has labeled Jewish professor John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago “one of the most high-profile anti-Semites in America.[5]

Caroline Glick

I personally contacted Glick to see if we could have a fruitful dialogue and to see if she could provide clear evidence for her extraordinary claim. I asked, “Would you say that if someone criticizes the American government or American policies, then by definition that person is anti-American?” She resoundingly said, “No.” Then I proceeded to ask by what logical inference she accused Mearsheimer of being an anti-Semite.

Mearsheimer is the co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. He and his co-author Stephen M. Walt of Harvard simply criticize Israel’s ruthless policies toward the Palestinians. I even challenged Glick to provide any statement in The Israel Lobby that even remotely suggests that Mearsheimer is an anti-Semite. I received no further response from Glick.  She was simply silent. Then I contacted another Jerusalem Post writer David Turner, who was more generous than Glick. (I will post our interesting dialogue here next month.)

In a nuthsell, the word anti-Semitism has been weaponized. All you have to do now is call your opponent an anti-Semite. End of discussion. Lest any reader doubt the veracity of this statement, listen to Israeli politician Shulamit Aloni as she was responding to the question of why the Israelis kept using the anti-Semitic card whenever legitimate criticism is marshaled against Israel:

“Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people are criticizing Israel, then they are anti-Semitic. And the [Jewish] organization is strong, and has a lot of money, and the ties between Israel and the American Jewish establishment are very strong and they are strong in this country, as you know. And they have power, which is OK. They are talented people and they have power and money, and the media and other things, and their attitude is ‘Israel, my country right or wrong,’ identification. And they are not ready to hear criticism. And it’s very easy to blame people who criticize certain acts of the Israeli government as anti-Semitic, and to bring up the Holocaust, and the suffering of the Jewish people, and that is justify every- thing we do to the Palestinians.”[6]

In order to understand the root of this logical breakdown, one has to go beyond the realm of the term anti-Semitism and see how it is carelessly applied in the historical and political landscape. The conflict is not about whether you are a Jew or not, or whether you like to support Jews or not, but rather it is about a theological struggle that has been in existence for almost two thousand years between Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.

Shulamit Aloni

How did that come about? I have addressed this more fully in the current book, but let us summarize some essential key points here. (I must say that E. Michael Jones’ work has been instrumental in helping me understand this issue.)

It must be said at the outset here that a devout follower of Christ (like I am) cannot be an anti-Semite. Christianity focuses primarily on theology and the implications of that theology in history, science, politics, etc. This is why throughout the New Testament Jesus and His disciples used harsh language regarding the Pharisees and rabbis, not because they hated them, but because the Pharisees embraced a theology that would eventually separate them from God. In general, Christianity teaches that every individual has a place in the Kingdom of God once he recognizes that Jesus is the Savior of all mankind or that Jesus is the Messiah.

It is also false to equate a critique of Rabbinic Judaism with anti-Semitism. Again, a genuine Christian, by definition, cannot be a racist or anti-Semitic, otherwise he is denying the plain teachings of Christ which call upon all mankind to embrace the cross. The message of Christianity through the ages is that Christians must love everyone as they love themselves, precisely because God made of one blood all the nations of the earth, and “fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works” (Psalm 33:15).

A Christian must love others so much that he feels compelled to tell them the truth. Throughout the New Testament, we constantly see that both Jesus and His disciples stand in opposition to falsehood, even though they had a heart for those who embrace the falsehood. Those who were propounding falsehood after falsehood were primarily the rabbis and Pharisees, “who made the commandment of God of none effect by [their] tradition” (Matthew 15:6). Tradition? What tradition?

Just to be clear here. The Talmud is not a continuation of the Torah, or what is commonly called the Old Testament. When Jesus came to fulfill all the prophecies about Himself as the Messiah mentioned frequently in the Old Testament, the Pharisees and the Saducees were His greatest opponents. What was really interesting was that the Pharisees articulated the idea that there were two inspired revelations to the Jews: the written laws of Moses received on top of Mount Sinai, and oral traditions acquired by seventy elders who came to the base of the mountain but were forbidden to proceed further.[7]

According to traditions, God gave Moses the Written Law with “Comments,” and Moses “delivered the Comments to Aaron and his Sons, and to the Elders of Israel, by Word of Mouth, who by oral Tradition handed them down to the Prophets, and the Prophets to the men of the Great Synagogue.”[8]

So when Jews refer to the Torah, more often than not they are not talking about the Old Testament, but the Oral Law propounded by so-called seventy elders and later by rabbis and Pharisees. Over the centuries, this Oral Law progressively got codified into a theological text: the Talmud. As Former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Immanuel Jakobovitz confirmed,

The true character of Judaism cannot be appreciated except by an intimate acquaintance with the Oral Law…What makes us and our faith distinct and unique is the oral tradition as the authentic key to an understanding of the written text we call the Torah.”[9]

Jewish scholar Jacob Neusner writes that the

“Torah is represented by sayings not found in Scripture, set forth by sages not credited with the authorship of Scriptural books. What is implicit, then, is that an oral component of the Instruction of Sinai, alongside the written part, forms the mediums of God’s revelation to the Israelite community.[10]

Since there is no historical and archaeological basis for this, the Oral Law took time to develop and refine. Judaism largely had its inception without a written text during the time of Alexander the Great, when Jews around the time began to define themselves in a new way of life, during which time it was called iudaismos.[11]

This is a long story, but let us focus on some key points. What is interesting to our understanding here is that the Pharisees moved on to teach that the oral traditions by the elders are much more reliable, much more extensive and much more accurate than the law of Moses, a revelation that was never written down, never known to the Jews at the time of Moses, yet somehow took precedent over the written law. Jewish historian Solomon Grayzel declares that this view is correct.[12]

In a nutshell, the Talmud is to the Jewish people what the Bible is to Christians. Moreover, the Talmud is in no way friendly to Christ and Christians. Jewish scholar Peter Schafer of Princeton, in his widely read study Jesus in the Talmud, maintains that the Talmud’s anti-Christian attacks on the Christian narratives in general and Jesus in particularly are done deliberately, and that itself makes

‘Jesus’ and the ‘Talmud’ in a highly charged and antagonistic relationship with each other.”[13]

But these attacks are not surprising at all, since in the New Testament declares that Jesus was accused by the Pharisees of casting out demons by the prince of Beelzebub (Matthew 9:34; 12:24; Luke 11:15). According to the Talmud, not only did Jesus not rise from the dead, but His followers

“will be punished in Gehinnom [hell] forever.”[14]

Schafer continues to say that similar accusations such as Mary baring the son of a bastard child from her secret lover shake

“the very foundations of the Christian message.”[15] In addition, Jesus’ birth from a virgin is ridiculed in the Talmud; He is the son of a whore; Jesus, Titus, and Balaam are all in the Netherworld (Hell); Titus is burning in there over and over because he destroyed the Temple in A.D. 70; Balaam is sitting in hot semen; and “Jesus’ fate consists of sitting forever in boiling excrement.”[16]

E. Michael Jones writes that “while many Jews may never read such passages there can be little doubt that they arose from the defining rejection of Christ by many Jews of His time, a rejection that finds echoes in present day attitudes to Christian converts from Judaism.”[17] And while many Jews and Jewish scholars take these passages seriously, as we shall see, some Christian scholars (largely dispensationalists) dismiss them as inauthentic or irrelevant.[18]

In other words, the Talmud and the New Testament are locked into a theological battle, and this battle has significant meanings.

I have to disagree vehemently with Bob Johnson in his article “Old Testament: A Window into the Soul of Israel.” Passages in the Old Testament cannot be taken in isolation without any regard to the New Testament. Moreover, it is not safe for a person to cite passages of Scripture here and there to make a point, precisely because the Bible is a very complex book and it has to be taken in its complete context, too much to detail here. Even in literature citing isolating passages without proper context can be very dangerous.

For those who are interested in making sense of the Old Testament from an exegetical perspective, I would recommend Paul Copan’s book Is God a Moral Monster?

Yes, the Jews were indeed God’s chosen people, not because of they had super DNA but because God chose them to bring light into the world. To be frank with you, the West is the West because God kept that promise through Abraham, Moses, and the prophets. Moreover, the Jews were chosen because it was prophesied that the Messiah would be an ethnic Jew. When Christ came on the scene, history had a different paradigm. Blinded by pride, the Jews began to see themselves as “God’s chosen people” even when they rejected God’s only Son.

We find similar implications when the Pharisees told Jesus that they are “Abraham’s seed” and therefore “Abraham is our father” (John 8:33, 39). In other words, they were declaring that they are God’s chosen people by blood and therefore Jesus had no business telling them to believe in Him in order to be a part of God’s family. Jesus denied their claims by saying, “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham,” which means that they would believe in Him, for “Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad” (John 8:39, 56).

They further declared that God was their father, to which Jesus responded, “If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me” (John 8:42). After a long back-and-forth conversation, Jesus told them, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (John 8:44). They eventually tried to kill Jesus, but He “hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by” (John 8:59). From this point on, anyone who dared to say that Jesus was the Messiah or the Son of God was cast out of the temple (see John 9).

Moreover, Israel’s primary religious source is not the Old Testament but the Talmud. Although rabbis superficially cite some passages in the Old Testament to further their ideological cause, rabbis cannot live without the Talmud. Jesus Himself says to  them, “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5:46-47).

In other words, the logic is pretty simple. By rejecting Christ, the Pharisees also rejected Moses because Moses exegetically spoke of Jesus. And by rejecting Jesus, God’s only Son, they rejected God altogether. And by rejecting God, they cannot claim to be “God’s chosen people” any longer. Moreover, once Christ is metaphysically and categorically rejected, then something has to fill the vacuum.  That something came to be known as the Talmud, which is a theological text for revolutionary ideology all through the centuries.

What I mean by metaphysical and categorical rejection is very simple. When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he admitted that “we [Pharisees] know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, expect God be with him” (John 3:2). Yet after the crucifixion, when the guards at Jesus’s tomb (who had been placed there at the Pharisees’ request) came to the Pharisees and told them exactly what happened on the third day, they refused to believe that Jesus was sent from God. After this clear evidence, you would have expected the Pharisees to set aside their preconceived notions about Jesus.

Instead, they bribed the guards to lie: “Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you” (Matthew 28:13-14). The Pharisees knew the truth, but they ignored it in order to maintain their own ideology. It was because of this tendency that Jesus bluntly told them that they were descendants of Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44).

Our last example is found in the book of Acts. When the Apostle Peter and others healed a man who was lame “from his mother’s womb,” the high priests, the Sadducees and other religious authorities agreed that it was a clear evidence that those Christians, declaring to do miracles in the name of Christ, produced some challenge. “What shall we do to these men?,” they said. “For that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it” (Acts 4:16; emphasis added).

Instead of doing further investigation and letting truth fall, they took the opposite route: “But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name [Jesus]” (Acts 16:17). And throughout the book of Acts, they systematically persecuted the church.

Rabbinic Judaism’s rejection of Christ is therefore metaphysical and categorical because it is done deliberately—in the face of, rather than in spite of, evidence to the contrary. The real-life consequence of that theological rejection is revolution and subversive ideology. Turning your back on Christ, who is the true Logos, will inevitably result in turning your back on logic and reason. Jesus Christ indeed defines ultimate reality, making the cross the turning point in human history.

Since Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” and since “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 24:6), anyone—regardless of ethnicity, race, or background—can become a child of God by accepting Jesus Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).

Attacking Christ, the Sustainer of all things, invariably leads to attacking the logical, moral, political order of the world. More importantly, attacking Christ invariably leads to attacking God Himself. The theological and historical implications of Rabbinic Judaism are categorically hostile to Western culture, indeed to any culture built on the foundation of Christian understanding, something history clearly illustrates. In subsequent articles, we will produce evidence and succinct examples for this.

The oft-repeated term “the Jews” takes a somewhat different turn in the New Testament, most particularly in the gospel of John and the book of Acts; on many occasions, the phraseology changes into a theological conflict, and one of the theological meanings is that it is referred to as “the enemies of Jesus.”

It is that definition that is often used in the gospel of John and throughout the book of Acts. Once again, this has nothing to do with anti-Semitism but has a lot to do with theology, for the antagonists themselves were all Jews! Historians and serious scholars of various stripes need to get a grip on this, otherwise they too will get confused. I have talked to at least one academic and professor who loves the historical aspect of my analysis but dismiss the theological aspect. This issue cannot be fully understood without theology at all.

Professor Philip A. Cunningham, Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, writes that “the author [of the book of John] persistently uses the term the Jews in the Gospel as unbelieving opponents of Jesus, even though almost every character is Jewish, including Jesus’s followers.”[19] Cunningham faults John for using the term “the Jews” to describe the enemies of Jesus, and even suggests that John was angry. But one of the primary reasons he comes to such a conclusion is because the theological aspect of the New Testament is overlooked. As a theologian, Cunningham knows better.

Ethnicity is a gift from God and should be cherished by all decent people. Theology is where the issue lies. For example, Christ once told one of His disciples Peter, “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Does that mean Christ hated Peter, who himself was a Jew? No. And Peter did not think that Christ was an anti-Semite for saying that, either!

Another classic example would be when a woman of Canaan came to Jesus and asked Him to cast an evil spirit out of her daughter. Jesus told the woman, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs” (Matthew 15:26). Without further reading, one would think that Jesus indeed did not come to save those who were perishing. Yet the story does not end there. The woman then responded, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” To which Jesus said, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt” (Matthew 15:27-28).

In the same vein, when the book of Revelation uses the phraseology “synagogue of Satan” to describe the Jewish sect that was persecuting Christians around that time, it is not referring to ethnicity. It is referring to, dare I say it here, a diabolical ideology which the Jewish sect was marshaling and which resulted in persecuting and slaughtering many faithful followers of Christ, including Polycarp in the second century. (Frankly, may I lovingly say in passing here that if you hate individuals or groups, you are certainly in darkness. And Christ would like to fix that darkness.)

Throughout the gospel of John we see that the word Jew has taken a dramatic shift—in many contexts it ceases to have an ethnic meaning but turns into a theological meaning that has theological implications. In John chapter 9 for example, we observe an interesting phenomenon. John tells us that the Pharisees had an intense discussion with a man who was born blind and whom Jesus had healed. The Pharisees, because they did not want to believe that the man was born blind, called upon the man’s parents:

“And they asked them, saying, is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue” (John 9:19-22).

Wait a minute. The parents were Jews. The man born blind was a Jew. Jesus was a Jew. The disciples were Jews. So why did the parents and others fear “the Jews”? Well, according to John, the Jews who were in opposition to Jesus and His teachings here were the Pharisees who came to dominate the synagogue and Jewish religious life. As I document in the first volume, over the centuries the teachings of the Pharisees established the theological worldview of the Jewish people. That theological Weltanschauung has jumped from one era to the next, but its implicit theological disputation and ramifications have essentially and historically remained the same over the centuries.

It is this theological worldview that is implicitly hostile to Christianity and the West, and it is that theological worldview that we are confronting, not the people who can be generous and decent. This theological worldview has historical, economic, political, and spiritual ramifications—from the first century and all the way to the twenty-first century. Though some things have changed here and there, the classical definition still stays the same.

What has essentially remained the same over the centuries is that if a Jewish person converts to Christianity, he is viewed as a Gentile. In other words, the issue again is not about ethnicity! Even today, the Israeli government does not support Jewish believers in Jesus if they want to immigrate to Israel with total freedom.

Under the Law of Return, an atheist, skeptic, Reformed, or Orthodox Jew can claim Israeli citizenship, but “the state says they forfeited their rights to immigrate as Jews when they accepted Jesus as the messiah.” A classic example of this was one individual “who has been trying to obtain new immigrant status in Israel. Born and raised in an Orthodox home in Brooklyn, she sees Israel as an undeniable and inseparable part of her Jewish identity. The Minister of the Interior rejected her application for citizenship because she believes that Jesus is the messiah.”[20]

One Jewish couple, Gary and Shirley Beresford, who had been married in an Orthodox synagogue in South Africa and “observed the Sabbath and maintained the dietary laws of kashruth,” still maintained that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. Bad mistake. Because of this, an Israeli court denied them citizenship. “In rejecting their petition, Supreme Court Justice Menachem Elon cited their belief in Jesus.” [21]

Elon proves that the gospel of John was right all along when he declared,

“In the last two thousand years of history…the Jewish people have decided that messianic Jews do not belong to the Jewish nation…and have no right to force themselves on it…those who believe in Jesus, are, in fact Christians.”[22]

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz goes on to tell us,

“The state’s position is backed by all streams of normative Judaism, none of which recognizes messianic Jews as Jews…The messianic Jews cannot expect support from would-be allies on the other side, either. The Christian Allies Caucus, a Knesset lobby group that aims to further ties between the Israeli government and the Christian world, refuses to work with the messianic Jewish community on the grounds that it actively seeks to convert Jews. ‘We believe they work against the interests of the State of Israel,’ caucus director Josh Reinstein explained.”

The issue then, is not about whether your mother was Jewish, or whether your parents died in the Holocaust, or whether you are Orthodox or Reformed. The issue revolves around whether you believe in Jesus as the Messiah and whether you are going to support the Zionist dream. In a nutshell, the Law of Return—a law that allows Jews the right to return and settle in Israel—which was passed in 1950 and states that “every Jew has the right to come to this country [Israel] as an oleh,” does not apply to ethnic Jews who are Christians.[23]

The law was even extended to people who have only Jewish grandparents, but apparently not to full-blooded ethnic Jews who happen to be Christians and whose parents died in Nazi Holocaust.  In 2008, the court was a little lenient in granting some messianic Jews permission to settle in Israel. But these messianic Jews have to make sure that they do not step out of bounds in criticizing Israel’s government policies, most specifically with regard to the Palestinians—Jewish social scientist Norman Finkelstein could not even gain entrance to Israel because of his staunch critique of Israel’s policy with respect to the Palestinians.

Norman Finkelstein

In a nutshell, by discriminating against messianic Jews, the Israeli government just proves that this is not an ethnic issue or every person of Jewish descent would be granted citizenship. The issue is almost exclusively theological— one that the gospel of John addresses head-on. The early church was largely persecuted for this reason through the first and second centuries.

It is very important to note that in the book of Acts, the phraseology “the Jews” was also used to denote a denial of the teachings of Christ and referred to those who persecuted Christians. We read “after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him [Paul]” (Acts 9:23). Also, “But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming” (Acts 13:45, 50).

Of course not all ethnic Jews turned against the teachings of Paul, but those who came to embrace Paul’s teachings were persecuted by those who did not, which is another way of saying that Jews who embrace Christianity are viewed as Gentiles. Even Alan Dershowitz of Harvard now proves this point.

Dershowitz believes the word “Jew” cannot be applied to those who embrace Christianity.  He wrote in The Vanishing American Jew: “In America, and in other nations that separate church from state, one’s Jewishness is a matter of self-definition and anyone who wants to be considered a Jew or a half Jew, or a partial Jew or a person of Jewish heritage has a right to be so considered.” He clarifies, however:

 

“I do not mean former Jews who practice Christianity under the deliberately misleading name of Jews for Jesus. A Jew for Jesus already has a name: a Christian.”

Alan Dershowitz

What does this all mean? It means that the word anti-Semitism loses its political and moral force when a person takes a look at what is at stake here. Anti-Semitism is a code word for demonizing people who critique what Jewish organizations and the Zionists do not like. And you don’t have to be a Gentile to be an anti-Semite.

The late Jewish historian and renowned professor at New York University Tony Judt lost his position in 2003 as the editorial board of The New Republic simply because he proposed that Israel has become “beliligerently intolerant,” and that the Israelis and Palestinians should have equal rights to live together in both Israeli and Palestinian territories.

Judt, like Norman Finkelstein, lost much of his family during the Nazi era. In 2006, he was scheduled to speak at a Polish consulate, but his speaking engagement was abruptly canceled because largely the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish organizations called in and complained.[24]

The New Testament declares that Christ’s disciples stayed home after His death “for fear of the Jews…” (John 20:19).  This has hardly changed over the centuries. The thought police Alan Dershowitz and his mobs used threats in order to cut off funding for Brooklyn College when the college was trying to organize an event during which Israel was going to be criticized.[25] Anti-Semitism, as Aloni put it, has become a trick.

Perhaps one of the secretly known conversations that took place in the White House happened in 1972 between President Richard Nixon and evangelist Billy Graham. The conversation is now called the “Richard Nixon Tapes.” Graham told Nixon: “This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country’s going down the drain.” The stronghold is none other than Jewish ascendancy over American culture and policy. “You believe that?” Nixon queried. “Yes, sir,” Graham retorted. “Oh, boy. So do I. I can’t ever say that, but I believe it.”[26]

The conversation was not made available until 2002, after a Nixon court order has urged that it be made available for public scrutiny. By that time, Graham was aging and, in his defense, declared that he did not remember that the conversation ever took place, but later apologized if it ever did. “Although I have no memory of the occasion,” Graham declared, “I deeply regret comments I apparently made in an Oval Office conversation with President Nixon some 30 years ago.”[27]

Billy Graham

Graham even went further to say, “I went to a meeting with Jewish leaders and I told them I would crawl to them to ask their forgiveness.”[28] The Newsweek entitled the article in which Graham uttered those words “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” If you have read The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, you get the point. The article goes on to say that the revelation of Graham’s words in the tapes “was maginified because of Graham’s long time support of Israel and his refusal to join in calls for conversion of the Jews.”[29]

Yet once again this incident teaches us something deeper: we can talk about anything in America; we can talk about crimes and drugs in the community; we can talk about how the president is abusing his power; we can talk about the Ku Klux Klan and former klansmen, but as soon as a goy mentions Jewish ascendancy and behavior, then all of a sudden he is an anti-Semite. Here is the funny thing. Nixon, during the conversation, declared that Life magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, are “totally dominated by the Jews.”

Jewish writer J. J. Goldberg declares in his book Jewish Power, “It is true that Jews are represented in the media business in numbers far out of proportion to their share of the population. Studies have shown that while Jews make up a little more than 5 percent of the working press nationwide—hardly more than their share of the population—they make up one fourth or more of the writers, editors, and producers in America’s ‘elite media,’ including network news divisions, the top newsweeklies and the four leading daily papers (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal).”[30]

Jewish scholar Benjamin Ginsberg of the Johns Hopkins University made similar claims in his book Fatal Embrace: Jews and the Staes.[31] The book is even published by the University of Chicago Press. Yet, how is it that if a goyim just simply cites Ginsberg, he is therefore an anti-Semite?

In subsequent articles, we are going to ignore this anti-Semitic trick and present factual, historical, and reasonable cases. In the process, we are going to discover that Nazi Germany in particular was an anti-Christian movement and should never have been taken place. But it was largely a reaction to Jewish subversive activities. Had those subversive activities not happened, there would have probably been no Hitler in the 1930s.

Moreover, we shall discover that the prevailing notion among some popular historians that Hitler wanted to exterminate all the Jews of Europe is a thread-bare hoax, for Nazi Germany had thousands upon thousands of people of Jewish descent—and Hitler himself knew this. To this end, readers are encouraged to put on his or her thinking and historical cap in order to examine the issues that will be raised in subsequent articles.

I say this with honesty and it shall be consistent with the historical background I will present in subsequent articles. I also have to say to my fellow Jewish human beings out there who embrace the Zionist dream, I am on your side. As a Christian, I must inject my bias here. Christ is the solution to the madness. Just like Christians are commended to pray for their enemies, I too pray for the salvation of our fellow Jewish human beings, who need God’s grace like everyone else. (In the next article, we will develop this point further.)As the Russian-Israeli writer Israel Shamir declared when he became a Christian,

“I am daily grateful to Christ who saved me from the Judaic paranoia of hating and being hated, and brought me into the world of loving and being loved. And every Jew who has come to Christ by the way of rejecting the Judaic ideas, by upholding love for the nations, is a portent of Salvation.”[32]

Israel Shamir

And all serious Christians would agree with that.

The noted Jewish convert to Christianity Immanuel Tremellius in the sixteenth century eventually became a leading scholar. Having taught in places such as Cambridge and the University of Heidelberg, Tremellius is said to have uttered on his deathbed,

“Not Barabbas, but Jesus! (Vivat Christus, et pereat Barabbas!).”[33]

Whether people of good will embrace Christ or not, they should alienate themselves from the Zionist madness that is slowly and implicitly heralding the death of the West.


[1] Quoted in Cnaan Liphshiz, “Far-Right Dutch Politician Brings His Anti-Islam Rhetoric Back to Jerusalem,” Haaretz, January 11, 2008.

[2] Mark Steyn, “The Spirit of Geert Wilders,” National Review, May 14, 2012; Robert Spencer and David Horowitz, Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future (Sherman Oaks, CA: David Horowitz Freedom Center, 2011); Bruce Bawer, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within (New York: Broadway Books, 2006), 197.

[3] “Israel’s Chief Rabbi Warns Dutch Populist Politician over Kosher Slaughter Ban,” Haaretz, August 30, 2012.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Caroline B. Glick, “Column One: Mainstreaming Anti-Semitism,” Jerusalem Post, January 19, 2012.

[6] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW3a1bw5XlE.

[7] For a basic understanding, see for example Jacob Neusner, The Talmud: Law, Theology, Narrative (Lanham: University Press of America, 2005), xiv; Jacob Neusner, Judaism when Christianity Began: A Survey of Belief and Practice (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002), 6-9.

[8]Johann Andreas Eisenmenger, Tradition of the Jews (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: Independent Research & History, 2006), 100.

[9] Quoted in Michael L. Brown, What Do Jewish People Think about Jesus? (Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2007), 32.

[10] Neusner, The Talmud, xiv.

[11] See for example Oskar Skarsaune, In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity (Downer Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002), 39-40.

[12]Solomon Grayzel, History of the Jews (Philadelphia: Jewish Publications Society, 1968), 241.

[13] Peter Schaffer, Jesus in the Talmud (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007), see introduction and chapter six.

[14] Ibid., 90.

[15] Ibid., 22.

[16] Ibid., 13.

[17] E. Michael Jones, The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact on World History (South Bend, IN: Fidelity Press, 2008), 18.

[18] Robert E. Van Voorst, Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), 104-122. While admitting that “we cannot be sure” of what the rabbis did know and did not know about Jesus, he moves on to state that “the third-century rabbis seem to have had no traditions about Jesus that originated in the first century” (120).  This gives him grounds to dismiss the Talmudic polemic against Christians as inauthentic.

[19] Philip A. Cunningham, “Jews and Christians from the Time of Christ to Constantine’s Reign,” Albert S. Lindemann and Richard S. Levy, ed., Anti-Semitism: A History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), 55.

[20] Daphna Berman, “Aliyah with a Cat, a Dog and Jesus,” Haaretz, June 10, 2006.

[21] Ibid.

[22] Ibid.

[23] “Israeli Court Rules Jews for Jesus Cannot Automatically Be Citizens,” NY Times, December 27, 1989.

[24] Michael Powell, “In N.Y., Sparks Fly Over Israel Criticism,” The Washington Post, October 9, 2006; E. Michael Jones suffered similar treatment in 2009 when he was asked to give a lecture based on his book The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit.

[25] Glenn Greenwald, “NYC Officials Threaten Funding of Brooklyn College Over Israel Event,” Guardian, February 5, 2013.

[26]James Warren,  “Nixon, Billy Graham Make Derogatory Comments About Jews on Tapes,” Chicago Tribune, March 1, 2002

[27] “Graham Regrets Jewish Slur,” BBC News, March 2, 2002. It is no accident for Graham to reject what he had previously believed from his early years of his ministry, as he went on to endorse Hillary Clinton.

[28] “Pilgrim’s Progress,” Newsweek, August 14, 2006.

[29] Ibid.

[30] J. J. Goldberg, Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment (New York: Perseus Books, 1996), 280.

[31] Benjamin Ginsberg, Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993).

[32] Israel Shamir, Cabbala of Power, 310.

[33] Quoted in James Morison, A Practical Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1902), 581.

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36 Comments for “Anti-Semitism is a Trick: A Brief Historical and Theological Analysis”

  1. Mr. Alexis,
    Thank you for this informative and well researched essay. Especially critical is your theological explanation. You are obviously aware of the confusion sewn linking ethnicity and belief. Perhaps the reason this confusion is allowed to fester is because it serves some powerful interest? Or is it simply the limitation with which we humans perceive each other?
    Dr. Barrett writes here on VT that the Gospel of Barnabas is coming to light once again, after being withheld for centuries. Should this indeed come to pass, it will not shake those who embrace Spirit in their hearts. I still believe sir, that the reality of religion is shown in its spirituality. I was once told … I don’t know what I believe. Nobody knows what they believe until the artillery shells start landing around you. Then, when you find yourself praying, then you know what you believe.

    • Thanks for the comment. I will expand on the previous article this weekend, and that will clarify the position even better.

  2. political “business as usual” apparantly..

    if a person doesnt like what fascist apartheid “Izrahell” does, they’re “anti-semitic”..
    nevermind the fascists who are posing as something religious who do UNGODLY things.

    if a guy isnt interested in having another guys private parts shoved somewhere inside him
    he’s magically a “homophobe”, as if it were HIM with some sort of psychological disorder?
    seems to me the guy doesnt suffer some form of gender confused self hatred issues..

    thats a pretty clear example of how psychopaths operate, trying to brand others as somehow inferior if they dont bow down to warped demands, capable of justifying and rationalizing anything in their own minds. this isnt anywhere near as articulate as this lengthy well researched article with cited sources, but maybe gets to the point. self hating psychopaths who KNOW they are inferior, are who seek the positions of power and influence, once attained, they start creating “jobs” for their like minded friends (DHS-TSA etc as example). they’re not productive and want total invasive control over anyone who is, because they are that far gone, mentally ill. they try to project their own mental illness onto others by “diagnosing”.
    (yeah I get the hipocrisy of the statement^)

    • Jesus was the son of Cleopatra? I have heard a lot of weird things over the years, but this is probably the weirdest. I have just watched one clip of this supposed documentary, and I would say categorically that it is a pile of nonsense. No reputable historian—secular or atheist—would put his credibility on the line by proposing such a ridiculous idea. This is why when the documentary Zeitgeist came out, it was refuted by secular people themselves. Jane Chapman of the University of Lincoln for example called Zeitgeist “a fast-paced assemblage of agitprop,” and Peter Joseph, the producer of the film, was full of “implicit deception” and “twisted evidence.” I have responded to similar claims in Appendix Four of Christianity & Rabbinic Judaism (Volume II). The popular ideas that Christianity borrowed from pagan cults such as Mithraism and Attis are just pure fiction and have no historical basis whatever. Thanks.

  3. athousandyearsareover

    A very interesting essay, Mr. Alexis, thanks!

    If You’d like to further elaborate on the issue of the JUDENFRAGE, the “jewish question” concerning “Hitler in the 1930s…largely a reaction to Jewish subversive activities”..?

    I then would like to recommend to You the memories of EDUARD BLOCH, the jewish Hitler-family doctor, and especially the neglected issue of an estimated 150.000 Germans of jewish descent that fought in the Wehrmacht on behalf of the Reich (“Hitlers jewish Soldiers”, Bryan Riggs), most notably Generals Milch and von Manstein, but also the Flieger-Ass Helmut Wilberg (Hermann Goering once infamously stated: “Who is a Jew, I decide!”) or former German Bundeskanzler Helmut Schmidt. The faux-pas of Nazi-Propaganda concerning WERNER GOLDBERG is a real cynic side note on that subject…

    • I will touch on Nazi Germany in late spring. Yes, I have read about Eduard Bloch. And Bryan Rigg’s book will be discussed as well. The prevailing notion that Hitler wanted to wipe out all Jews of Europe is a beautiful work of imagination and has no basis in historical facts.

      • I’ll be looking forward to that, you’re pretty darn articulate!
        (and perhaps that hart guy will have to eat his shoes?)

  4. “I am daily grateful to Christ who saved me from the Judaic paranoia of hating and being hated, and brought me into the world of loving and being loved. And every Jew who has come to Christ by the way of rejecting the Judaic ideas, by upholding love for the nations, is a portent of Salvation.”

    An excellent statement worth repeating. Love for the nations equals many things, one most obvious is honest banking.

  5. You have written another article that is full of substantive facts and very thought provoking, as well as educational. I have learned very much from this article! You may find this interview with Hugh Akins interesting; a Catholic apologist and writer, he takes a very hard line against the attack on Christianity and Western culture by Zionist Jews. You may have to click twice to access his site.

    http://www.catholicactionresourcecenter.com/synrisinginterview.htm

    He has written a new book called “Synagogue Rising” which counters the Zionist attack on Christian identity, virtue, and culture. He echoes your idea that by attacking Christ, we attack the logos or order and civilization of the West itself.

    Thank you for another fabulous article and I look forward to reading your forthcoming work.

  6. Tel Aviv Historian Uncovers “Land of Israel” Myths – By Asa Winstanley

    Excerpt:

    Holy land or homeland?

    In the Hebrew Bible (known to Christians as the Old Testament), the geographic area roughly corresponding to the land of Palestine (between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea) is mostly called the “land of Canaan.” The area “never served as a homeland for the ‘children of Israel,’ and for this reason, among others, they never refer to it as ‘the Land of Israel.’” Most Israelis, Sand argues, are not aware that the term is not found in the the Hebrew Bible “in its inclusive meaning” of a wide geographic area (86).

    Later Jewish religious law “does feature the debut of the term ‘Land of Israel’ ” but, Sand explains, this was a “holy land” rather than a “homeland” (102). Most Jews did not seek to live there. Philo of Alexandria, a first century Jewish philosopher, lived in Egypt — right next to Palestine. He could have moved to Jerusalem, since both regions were under Roman rule — but instead, like most people, he chose to live and die in his original homeland (96).

    Furthermore this Eretz Israel was traditionally considered by mainstream Judaism to be so holy the devout were positively forbidden to move there (183). Even pilgrimage was a rare, and later phenomenon. Between the years 134 and 1099, “we know of no attempts by the followers of rabbinical Judaism to make pilgrimages to the holy city” of Jerusalem (123).

    All this stands in stark contrast to the 1948 Israeli Declaration of Independence which claims that “the Jewish people … never ceased to pray and hope for their return.” In contrast to this “mythos,” Sand writes: “most of the world’s Jews … did not regard Palestine as their land … they did not strive ‘in every successive generation to reestablish themselves in their ancient homeland’ ” (175).

    **************http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33802.htm#idc-cover

  7. From a Christian perspective (yours and formerly mine), I applaud your article here as “true” to the written word as is presented and taught in the most prevalent Christian faith. In my opinion, this is an excellent summary of the age-old conflict between “brotherly” disputes. As a non-believer (naturalist), I have a strong bias toward the Christian perspective for the simple reason that I view Jesus as a person whom recognized the Jewish tribal bigotry toward “other” for the egocentric hatred that it is. You even acknowledge and embrace persons like me when you step outside the theological Jewish/Christian dichotomy by stating: “Whether people of good will embrace Christ or not, they should alienate themselves from the Zionist madness that is slowly and implicitly heralding the death of the West.” I would extend that death threat to entirety of humankind, seeing little distinction between East and West when it comes to the pursuit of “full spectrum dominance” as is envisioned by the Zionist agenda. That the Zionist agenda and the “West” have become synonymous is, perhaps, another discussion.

    Ultimately, it is policy and practice based upon love of humankind that simply must prevail. That the Zionist/Israeli agenda does not embrace love of humankind should be more than obvious through examination of the facts, facts which are reinforced by your presentation in this article.

  8. I see a HUGE crack developing in the Christian world, between those New Testament Christians who think the message of Christ was extremely simple (love God and love your neighbors) and those that want and / or need to believe the Old Testament is valid and the “word of God.”

    How does the quote go….. “Ye will know them by their actions”…….? As far as the Jews and Judaism goes, I would apply that standard. Rather than asking yourself how and when a group of people that were once “chosen” turned out to be so rotten, maybe it’s just time to admit they were never “chosen” in the first place. Ever.

    If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck and smells like a duck, it’s NOT a sparrow claiming to be a duck. Even if it is “written” in whatever “book” sparrows believe.

    • I think you’ve hit on the essential fissure that ‘jews’ have been protecting for hundreds, if not thousands of years: is the Old Testament essential to Christianity? or is it, in fact, antithetical to the message of Jesus?

      Chas Freeman made this important statement in a recent speech at Middle East Policy Council:

      “In the seventeenth century, English settlers in America found inspiration for a theology of ethnic cleansing and racism in the Old Testament. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Jewish settlers in Palestine have invoked the same scripture to craft a parallel theology.” http://www.mepc.org/hill-forums/us-grand-strategy-middle-east-0?transcript

      John Kerry alluded to the same seventeenth century situation in his testimony at his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense: “Roger Williams was banished” for his opposition to the thinking of followers of Jon Winthrop and their Old Testament-based pro-ethnic cleansing teaching and practices.

      Nazi Germans actually sought to make a similar distinction: Walther Grundmann, a German theologian and scholar in the Weimar and Nazi era, produced research and arguments for a Jesus separate from a Hebrew matrix. He was denounced by such as Susannah Heschel as an — wait for it — antisemite.
      It’s quite difficult for an English-speaker to find objective information about Grundmann; Jewish authors seem to have taken control of his work and cast it in a strictly antisemitic light.

    • PS let’s hope that HUGE crack keeps getting bigger. The hyphen between Judeo and Christian was installed in the post-World War II period. The construct represents an impossibility: one cannot have both an exclusivist group — Jews, whose hallmark is separateness, and the universalist message of Jesus, whose message is to love all humans.

    • I think you’ve hit on the essential fissure that ‘jews’ have been protecting for hundreds, if not thousands of years: is the Old Testament essential to Christianity? or is it, in fact, antithetical to the message of Jesus?

      Chas Freeman made this important statement in a recent speech at Middle East Policy Council:

      “In the seventeenth century, English settlers in America found inspiration for a theology of ethnic cleansing and racism in the Old Testament. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Jewish settlers in Palestine have invoked the same scripture to craft a parallel theology.” www dot mepc. dot org/hill-forums/us-grand-strategy-middle-east-0?transcript

      John Kerry alluded to the same seventeenth century situation in his testimony at his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense: “Roger Williams was banished” for his opposition to the thinking of followers of Jon Winthrop and their Old Testament-based pro-ethnic cleansing teaching and practices.

      Nazi Germans actually sought to make a similar distinction: Walther Grundmann, a German theologian and scholar in the Weimar and Nazi era, produced research and arguments for a Jesus separate from a Hebrew matrix. He was denounced by such as Susannah Heschel as an — wait for it — antisemite.
      It’s quite difficult for an English-speaker to find objective information about Grundmann; Jewish authors seem to have taken control of his work and cast it in a strictly antisemitic light.

  9. That video clip with Former Israeli cabinet minister Shulamit Aloni (born 1928), during her August 14, 2002 interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! said: “Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel then we bring up the holocaust. When in this country (US) people are criticizing Israel then they are antisemitic. And the organization (Israel Lobby) is very strong and has lot of money. And the ties between Israel and American Jewish establishment are very strong – and they are strong in this country as you know. And they have power which is ok”.

    Also, would like to add that in “Jesus in the Talmud” by Peter Schafer, Jesus was the son of a Roman foot soldier and a whore.

  10. By the way great article.

    If the reprobates who spout Genesis 12:3 would bother to read Galatians 3:14 : “ He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. “ it’s quite clear that the “blessing” referred to there in Genesis 12:3 is in fact Jesus Christ. Not the “Jews” or “Israel”.

    Or:
    Hebrews 8: 6– ”But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.”

  11. Purpose of Zionist supporters in accusing people of ‘anti-Semitism’ allegations are to deflect attention from the Israel’s racist policies and regime. False Accusations of anti-Semitism are designed to close down debate. These individuals concerned can be relied on to be Islamophobic and almost certainly support the right or far-right in the west.

  12. The term Jew is made up. The “j” sound was introduced into the English language sometime in the 17 century. Probably by Jews who always managed to find positions of authority in Universities. It comes right after I (of Ioudes) theri former name. They changed Ioudes into Jews and Yeshua into Jesus. I do not have definitive proof that they were involved but I suspect they were involved. By doing this were able to redefine themselves as the children of Moses – which they are definitely not and rightful heirs to the promises as well as Palestine or Judea. The word Jew – which became a pejorative term for many, served the purposes of unifying their brainwashed believers. Myths like the “tribe” united them into the belief that they are above the common goy. The term Ioudes, which meant someone who resided in Judea, is a much weaker sound. The “Jews” appear to be some of greatest liars ever and it makes me wonder what you can believe about the old testament as it was an oral tradition passed down by the Pharisees (Rabbis today). It makes me wonder if their old testament is not in fact the greatest lie ever told. Being of Christian upbringing, this possibility is rather unnerving – for someone in the faith. Christian faith is based in the new testament adn the teaching of Yeshua. Yeshua came to rescue them from the Pharisees. He taught them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. He called the Pharisees “liars and hypocrites.” “You make the laws of man the laws of God.” Most Christians today have not received that understanding because preachers today never teach it. Instead they teach Zionism from the Scofield Bible. Zionism is the leaven of the Pharisees. Jews hate Yeshua more than anyone today. I find it amusing how the Rabbis today still cry that they did not kill him. “methinks the lady doth protest too much.”

  13. athousandyearsareover

    If I understood the author with my rather little knowledge about biblical revelation correctly, then the term Jew itself is as unclear as the term anti-Semitism is.

    Jesus was a Jew, but those he would call Jews in his time would be the followers of the Talmud, the Pharisees who thereby rejected the true path that Moses laid out for them and thereby rejected Jesus.

    It’s the JUDENFRAGE, the jewish question, are atheist Jews “real” Jews, are “messianic Jews” Jews? Is being jewish determined by racial or religious definition, or both…?

  14. It depends on what sense you are saying that Jesus was “not a Jew.” Yes, Jesus was an ethnic Jew. No, Jesus did not follow the Pharisaic doctrine.

  15. Good question. I will expand on this issue in the next article. In the Pharisaic sense, if you accept Jesus as the Messiah, you are no longer a Jew. In other words, the term ceases to have an ethnic meaning. The gospel does not take issues with ethnicity. It is the Pharisaic sense that the gospel continues to label as “the anti-Christ,” because it categorically and metaphysically denies Christ, the Son of God.

  16. “The term Jew is made up. ”

    I would say the term Jew is messed up, very much so. Judaism is a religion like Christianity or Islam and should be used to only recognize those who believe the particular tenants its faith.

    In the Catholic Church, if one of either parents is Catholic, they are expected to bring their offspring up in the Catholic Church. Near birth, the Church will baptize the child and consider it a member from there on. However, as the child matures, there is a point that he is expected to confirm his faith and the tenants of the church. Should the person subsequently declare that he is an atheist or turn his membership to another protestant church, they essentially cease to be Catholic although the Catholic Church will always respect them as such by virtue of their baptism and early upbringing. You possibly have heard one say somewhere that they were “raised” Catholic but are such and such.

    In the Jewish religion, a child is expected to be raised to the religion of his mother. So if a Jewish man marries a Catholic woman, their children will be Catholics, not Jews. If a Catholic man marries a Jewish woman, they have a problem because both religions demand their children. Jews will regardless, always consider the children Jewish if the mother is so, regardless of which church they are raised in. Now, the mother could well be atheist, her mother could have been atheist as well and this same pattern could be tracked back on the maternal lines of the family for generations. But the Jewish identification could remain and be passed on as long as it is passed from the mother.

    Now, as a religion, anyone can convert to Judaism. That should tell you that the race concept is just a house of cards. My favorite Jew is Andrew Brietbart. His biological parents were full blood Irish blonde hair, blue eyes Catholics. He was adopted by a woman who converted to Judaism. He as an adult was non-religious (safe way of saying atheist), but he identified himself always as being Jewish. Technically, he was correct. As he shows, race means nothing really, ethnicity means nothing really, and even belief means nothing really when it comes to the definition of Jew or not.

    So again, the term is very messed up and merits some thought as to who you really think is a Jew and who is not. I do not know the history but I would be most suspect that it was those pesky Zionists who sought to expand the group they could potentially populate Israel with who messed up the definition so badly. But then, maybe it is just a reflection of a confused and messed up religion.

  17. I thought “Jews” emerged from “Yehud,” the name that Cyrus and the Persians applied to Hebrews whom they liberated from Nebuchadnezzar and whose return to Jerusalem the Persian people underwrote, for over 200 years.

  18. That Jesus was a Jew by birth is a historical point, and honestly the scholarly literatures are too vast out there to just simply name them all. Don’t take my words for it. Just read agnostic scholar Bart Ehrman’s most recent book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. The New Testament makes it clear that Jesus was Jew, and this is not disputable even among agnostic and atheist historians. The only thing that is disputable among atheist and agnostic scholars nowadays is whether Jesus rose from the dead.
    In your last sentence, you are also asking me to prove things that I have not said. You declare, “Can you show any linkage from the12 tribes of Israel/Judah to those who claim to be “Jews” and “Israel” today?” Why do you want me to do that?

  19. No, Tyron, I can’t. You and Jonas are much better informed in that field than me, though I wanted at least to point out, that the whole issue of JESUS’ racial (!) background is mostly irrelevant anyway.

  20. I dont know whether you’re familiar with the documentary “ring of power” by amenstop productions, has a section in it explaining Jesus was son of Cleopatra (pharoah “god”) and Julius Ceasar (JC Jesus Christ), where the “half-breed” Egyptian-Roman would never be accepted, that Mary and Joseph were trusted house servants, sent off-away to care for their baby.
    -yeah it all sounds SOOO blasphemous! (but also pretty darned plausible!)

    even if true it doesnt shake my own belief system one bit, or negate His teachings. some 15+ years of His life unaccounted for, likelihood that he studied Eastern religion with the Esseans to return publicly denouncing Rome etc, doesnt much matter to me personally either, any man brave-crazy enough to run the parasitic conniving moneychangers out of a temple with a bullwhip is admirable!

    “ring of power” is also known as “empire of the city”, is about 5 hours long and covers a whole lot of territory-history, may be pretty controvercial even blasphemous to some people..

  21. “The New Testament makes it clear that Jesus was Jew, and this is not disputable” —

    If you are saying that it is “not disputable” that the New Testament says Jesus was a Jew, then what have you really said? Nothing. “Gone with the Wind” says that Rhett Butler was a cad, but “Gone with the Wind” was written by specific person(s) to make a specific point. Margaret Mitchell’s writing does not pass for factual evidence that the person Rhett Butler existed.
    Inasmuch as firm evidence of Jesus’s parentage is unavailable, if he existed in fact, his father could have been a Roman soldier, a Persian merchant or border guard, a Greek sailor, a Palestinian Arab or African from Timbuktu.

    I recall hearing Bart Ehrman teach that the first Christians felt compelled to link Jesus to the ancient Hebrew cult because, in the marketplace of gods in the Roman culture, depth of lineage was a critical factor in gaining adherents, thereby financial and political support, for the new cult. That is, the linkage of Jesus to the Hebrew tradition was a matter of political & economic expedience, not necessarily historically real.

  22. Mr. Alexis, Thank you for mind-expanding work. I’ve not read 1/10 of what you have written, but I shall, I shall!

    I say, with Thomas Jefferson, ” I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to his doctrines in preference to all others, ascribing to himself every human excellence, and believing he never claimed any other.”

    Abraham is NOT my father; Abraham is the father of exclusion, hatred, and destruction.
    And Jesus is NOT my “savior” or messiah. No man can save the life and soul of another; each man is responsible for his own “salvation,” and the integrity of his own life. The integrated, that is, fully realized and humanized life, is not solipsistic, but conducts itself in relationship with the human family: When one member of the human family suffers, the entire family suffers. (In the Abrahamic tradition, especially Judaism, the watchword is not universalist, i.e. extended to the entire human family, but particularist: “Is it good for Jews?” )

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