Background of The Talmud
The Talmud (“teaching” or “study”) is a multi-volume compilation containing the Mishnah (oral legal teachings) and a Jewish commentary on the Mishnah, the Gemara. It is the basis of Jewish religious life. The accepted version was compiled by Rabbis Akiba (died AD 135) and Meir and completed by Rabbi Judah in AD 200.
Talmud’s Reference To Jesus Christ
“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 to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy. Anyone who can say anything in his favor, let him come forward and plead on his behalf.” But since nothing was brought forward in his favor he was hanged on the eve of the Passover.” – Babylonia Sanhedrin 43A
The Talmud reveals several key things:
- Christ existed.
- Christ performed supernatural feats (miracles and wonders).
- Christ was hanged (see Galatians 3:13 ) or crucified.
- Christ died on Passover eve or Friday afternoon.
- No one defended Christ.