Tuesday, July 26, 2011

David Instone-Brewer on Talmudic References to Yeshu, San 43a

David Instone-Brewer « Undeception

Gleaned from a unfamiliar blog, David Instone-Brewer on a Talmudic reference to Jesus and the charges brought against Him. An earlier post of mine on a "Yeshu" in the Talmud.
"It’s interesting to note that in the Gospels there are verses indicating that Pharisaical scribes were recording Jesus.


In Matthew 12:22 Jesus heals a blind, deaf and possessed man. In turn the Pharisees accused Jesus of practicing sorcery in the name of Beelzebub the prince of demons in verse 24. So the Gospels seem to confirm the Talmudic view of Yeshu, who to me seems to be Jesus of Nazareth"

Added July 27, 2011: Instone-Brewer's pre-publication.
The Munich Talmud manuscript of at b.San.43a preserves passages censored out of printed editions, including the controversial trial of “Yeshu Notzeri”. Chronological analysis of the layers in this tradition suggests that the oldest words are: “On the eve of Passover they hung Jesus of Nazareth for sorcery and leading Israel astray”. This paper argues that other words were added to this tradition in order to overcome three difficulties: a trial date during a festival; the unbiblical method of execution; and the charge of "sorcery" which implies that Jesus’ miracles were genuine because illusions were not punishable by death."

Instone-Brewer responds in this discussion thread

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