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The Talmud is an extensive topic, but I found a brief, but succinct, article on the net dealing with it and the propensity of Hebrew Roots to depend on the Talmud for “truth”. This article reveals the heart of the Talmud – which not only denies Christ, but denigrates Him.

Used with permission:

Many in Hebrew Roots think that it is fine to promote teachers who are constantly associating Jesus with the talmud and the sages or interpreting scripture using talmud, but by these sages own admission with their blasphemy of Christ, they are proven to be anti christ and the Bible states this explicitly. Plain and simple, Christ and belial have NO fellowship, as it is written.

Here is are some quotes from Maimonides who is one of the most revered sages of rabbinic Judaism who is quoted by some teachers promoted in Hebrew Roots:

Mishneh Torah

“Even Jesus the Nazarene who imagined that he would be Messiah and was killed by the court, was already prophesied by Daniel. So that it was said, “And the members of the outlaws of your nation would be carried to make a (prophetic) vision stand. And they stumbled” (Daniel 11.14). Because, is there a greater stumbling-block than this one? So that all of the prophets spoke that the Messiah redeems Israel, and saves them, and gathers their banished ones, and strengthens their commandments. And this one caused (nations) to destroy Israel by sword, and to scatter their remnant, and to humiliate them, and to exchange the Torah, and to make the majority of the world err to serve a divinity besides God. However, the thoughts of the Creator of the world – there is no force in a human to attain them because our ways are not God’s ways, and our thoughts not God’s thoughts. And all these things of Jesus the Nazarene, and of (Muhammad) the Ishmaelite who stood after him – there is no (purpose) but to straighten out the way for the King Messiah, and to restore all the world to serve God together. So that it is said, “Because then I will turn toward the nations (giving them) a clear lip, to call all of them in the name of God and to serve God (shoulder to shoulder as) one shoulder.” (Zephaniah 3:9). Look how all the world already becomes full of the things of the Messiah, and the things of the Torah, and the things of the commandments! And these things spread among the far islands and among the many nations uncircumcized of heart. (Hilkhot Melakhim 11:10–12.)

Epistle to Yemen

“The first one to have adopted this plan was Jesus the Nazarene, may his bones be ground to dust. He was a Jew because his mother was a Jewess although his father was a Gentile. For in accordance with the principles of our law, a child born of a Jewess and a Gentile, or of a Jewess and a slave, is legitimate. (Yebamot 45a). Jesus is only figuratively termed an illegitimate child. He impelled people to believe that he was a prophet sent by God to clarify perplexities in the Torah, and that he was the Messiah that was predicted by each and every seer. He interpreted the Torah and its precepts in such a fashion as to lead to their total annulment, to the abolition of all its commandments and to the violation of its prohibitions. The sages, of blessed memory, having become aware of his plans before his reputation spread among our people, meted out fitting punishment to him.”

“You know that the Christians falsely ascribe marvelous powers to Jesus the Nazarene, may his bones be ground to dust, such as the resurrection of the dead and other miracles. Even if we would grant them for the sake of argument, we should not be convinced by their reasoning that Jesus is the Messiah. For we can bring a thousand proofs or so from the Scripture that it is not so even from their point of view. Indeed, will anyone arrogate this rank to himself unless he wishes to make himself a laughing stock? “

For those who also teach that the Talmud is a accurate historical resource that is good for Christians to reference for Biblical interpretation, I would ask if the Holy Spirit would inspire us read this writing which denies Jesus Christ and blasphemes Him and His finished work, which by Scriptural standards, actually goes against the Word of God that was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

1John 2
21 I have not written unto you because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: [but] he that confesses the Son has the Father also.

2John 1
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

1John 4
2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, of which you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

So maybe it would be good for anyone who promoted the rabbinic slant as MJ [Messianic Judaism] unknowingly, to now contact their teachers and rabbis who teach this stuff, and inform them that according to Biblical standards, it is anti christ. The only way one can deny this, is to deny the very words of the Bible as evidenced above.

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