scholars are aware that Jesus Christ denounced the Pharisees. He said they
nullified all the Commandments of God by their Tradition, "teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men" (Mark
15:6-9, etc.). His invective, in truth, cannot be equalled. All of Matthew
23 is like a whiplash. He likened Pharisaism to a whited sepulchre, indeed
beautiful outwardly, but "inside full of dead men's bones and of all
uncleanness." Christ climaxed one condemnation after another with the expletive,
"Hypocrites!" He called the Pharisees children of them that killed the Prophets.
He foretold they would go on killing, crucifying and persecuting until the guilt
for all the righteous blood shed from Abel on down would be upon them. "Ye
serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"
Christ is as utterly devastating of Pharisaism in the record of John
8. Although He admitted that His hearers were descendants of Abraham, He
said they were, spiritually, of the devil. Christ told them:
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye
will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because the truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:
for he is a liar and the father of it (John
The Missing Link
"But," says the disinterested Christian, "what has that to do with us today?
What a group of Pharisees did two thousand years ago is over and done with!"
However, the missing link in Christian understanding on the subject of
"Pharisees" is best supplied by the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (1943):
The Jewish religion as it is today traces its descent, without a
break, through all the centuries, from the Pharisees. Their leading ideas and
methods found expression in a literature of enormous extent, of which a very
great deal is still in existence. The Talmud is the largest and most important
single piece of that literature … and the study of it is essential for any real
understanding of Pharisaism.
Concerning the Pharisees, the 1905 Jewish Encyclopedia says:
With the destruction of the Temple (70 A.D.) the Sadducees
disappeared altogether, leaving the regulation of all Jewish affairs in the
hands of the Pharisees. Henceforth, Jewish life was regulated by the Pharisees;
the whole history of Judaism was reconstructed from the Pharisaic point of view,
and a new aspect was given to the Sanhedrin of the past. A new chain of
tradition supplanted the older priestly tradition (Abot 1:1). Pharisaism shaped
the character of Judaism and the life and thought of the Jew for all the future.
(See Exhibit 264 herein.)
Historically speaking, scripture believers had accepted Christ as the Messiah
foretold. They were no longer "Jews," but called themselves "Christians." They
were persecuted as such by the Pharisees. The word "Pharisee" comes from the
word "separated." (See Exhibit 300.)
Talmud, Sole Authority
You may ascertain by turning to top Jewish authorities today that the
Babylonian Talmud, the written form of the Tradition of the Pharisees, is the
sole authority of the so-called "Jewish" religion, or Judaism.
Rabbi Louis Finklestein was chosen in 1937 by the Kehillas (Jewish
communities) of the World as one of the top 120 Jews best representing "a lamp
of Judaism" to the World, together with Maxim Litvinov (Finklestein), the
Communist Commissar and bank robber terrorist; atheist communist Albert
Einstein; those indefatigable Marxist reds, Harold Laski and his friend Felix
Frankfurter (U.S. Supreme Court Justice) who shared honors with Rabbi
Finklestein and others. Finklestein has long headed the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America, with branches in New York and Los Angeles. In his
two-volume work "The Pharisees." Rabbi Finklestein writes:
Pharasaism became Talmudism … But the spirit of the ancient Pharisee
survives unaltered. When the Jew … studies the Talmud, he is actually repeating
the arguments used in the Palestinian academies. From Palestine to Babylonia;
from Babylonia to North Africa, Italy. Spain, France and Germany; from these to
Poland. Russia and Eastern Europe generally, ancient Pharasaism has wandered.
(See Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2, and Exhibit 3
In Rabbi Finklestein's history of the Jews, he states:
The Talmud derives its authority from the position held by the
ancient academies. (i.e. Pharisee) The teachers of those academies, both of
Babylonia and of Palestine. were considered the rightful successors of the older
Sanhedrin . . . At the present time, the Jewish people have no living central
authority comparable in status to the ancient Sanhedrins or the later academies.
Therefore, any decision regarding the Jewish religion must be based on the
Talmud as the final resumé of the teaching of those authorities when they
existed. [page 2] (The Jews
— Their History, Culture, and Religion , Vol. 4, p. 1332, Jewish Publication
Society of America, 1949).
"The Talmud: Heart's Blood of the Jewish Faith," was the heading of a
November, 1959, installment of a bestselling book by the Jewish author, Herman
Wouk, which ran serially in the New York Herald-Tribune.
The Talmud is to this day the circulating heart's blood of the
Jewish religion. Whatever laws, customs or ceremonies we observe — whether we
are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or merely spasmodic sentimentalists — we
follow the Talmud. It is our common law.
Why Was It So Often
Why is the Talmud kept so unknown to non-Jews? Why was there no usable
English translation of the Talmud until the Soncino Edition, 1934-48? Why, in
European history, when the laws of the Talmud became commonly known, was it
burned over and over by order of the Popes, excoriated by Martin Luther,
denounced everywhere, and its followers exiled from one country after another
down through the centuries?
The Talmud's basic law is that only the Pharisee Jew ranks as a man, or human
being. All others rank as animals, "the people who are like an ass — slaves who
are considered the property of the master." The attitude resulting from such
teachings has been resented by non-Jews in all countries and centuries. Such
resentment, however, is always portrayed by Jews as "persecution of the Jews."
Moses, on the contrary, was most insistent upon having one law for the
stranger and for the "home-born" and in teaching that the stranger must not be
etc.) In fact, he ordered: "Love ye therefore the stranger; for ye were
strangers in the land of Egypt." (Deu.
10:19) It was only the abominators he warned against.
Babylonian Talmud — The
The Babylonian Talmud is the law for so-called Judaism. However, its
pornographic, anti-Gentile and anti-Christian doctrines have often caused
hostility against it. It may then be argued by some Jews that there is a
Palestinian Talmud which is innocuous. Nevertheless, you may look up the fact
that Jewish authorities state it was lost for a thousand years, has missing
parts and lacks the "Gemara" and other essentials, and is only used as a
scholar's curiosity. Note the statement of British Chief Rabbi Hertz in his
foreword to the Soncino edition of the Babylonian Talmud (Exhibit 33):
The Palestinian Talmud … was for many centuries almost forgotten by
Jewry. Its legal decisions were at no time deemed to possess validity, if
opposed by the Babylonian Talmud.
Was Christ Just to
Without some knowledge of the written form of the "Tradition of the
Pharisees," the Babylonian Talmud, one is unable to intelligently judge whether
Jesus Christ was fair and just in His acid denunciations of Pharisaism, or not.
One needs proof, offered by the irrefutable exhibits from Jewish authorities
(set forth elsewhere herein) that the Talmud reverses every one of the Ten
Commandments, the teachings of Moses and the Prophets, and enshrines their
opposites under a "whited sepulchre" which is a disguise for murder and "all
uncleanness," as Christ charged. Murder of non-Pharisees is always permitted;
theft, sodomy, incest, rape are all permitted. For example, the righteousness of
grown men violating baby girls under three is a favorite topic for discussion in
book after book of the Talmud.
Talmudic literature is one long paean of praise for the very name Babylon,
and all that it means to Babylonian Talmudism today, whereas it is a term of
reproach in Old and New Testaments.
Note the Foreword to the first English translation of the Babylonian Talmud
by the late Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, J.H. Hertz, who, like Rabbi
Finklestein, was one of the 120 Jews chosen in 1937 by the Kehillas of the World
as best holding up the "lamp of Judaism:"
The beginnings of Talmudic literature date back to the time of the
Babylonian Exile in the Sixth pre-Christian Century … When a thousand years
later, the Babylonian Talmud assumed final codified form in the year 500 after
the Christian era, the Roman Western Empire had ceased to be. (See Exhibit 30).
Rabbi Hertz extolls the Babylonian Exile, saying: "The Babylonian Exile is a
momentous period … During that Exile Israel found itself. It … rediscovered the
Torah and made it the rule of life …"
What he really means is that it was discovered how the Torah or Bible could
be used as a "whited sepulchre" for Babylonian degeneracy, as even a cursory
study will reveal.
One Rabbi Akiba was a First Century Talmud "sage," of whom Moses was even
supposedly jealous! (See Exhibit 32).
Rabbi Hertz lauds Rabbi Akiba (Exhibit
Akiba was the author of a collection of traditional laws out of
which the Mishna actually grew. He was the greatest among the rabbis of his own
and of succeeding times … His keen and penetrating intellect enabled him to find
a Biblical basis for every provision of the Oral Law.
Still enthusing over the Babylonian derivation of Pharisaism, Rabbi Hertz
continues (See Exhibit 34):
When we come to the Babylonian Gemara, we are dealing with what most
people understand when they speak or write of the Talmud. Its birthplace,
Babylonia, was an autonomous Jewish center for a longer period than any other
land; namely from soon after 586 before the Christian era to the year 1040 after
the Christian Era — 1626 years. (Exhibit
[page 3] You will note in
reproductions of Talmud pages that the word "Gemara" designates the
argumentation of the rabbis, the ultimate decision being summarized as the
Bible Versus Oral Law
The Bible under Talmudic Judaism is considered to be a collection of simple
tales fit only for fools, women and children. The Talmud "sages" thus must find
new meanings in it by letter and number tricks which reverse the plain meaning
and create out of it the permission to do otherwise forbidden crimes and
misdeeds. The words of the Bible are continually misused and misquoted for
purposes of blasphemy and reversal.
Stealing for themselves the title of "Israelites," the Talmud "sages" teach
that "God made a covenant with Israel only for the sake of that which was
transmitted orally." (See Exhibit 60) And
the Biblical "basis" of this is given as Exodus
34:27. But that verse states, instead: "And the Lord said unto Moses, Write
thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with
thee and with Israel" — the opposite! (Talmud, Gittin 60b, See Exhibit 204) The Talmudic reversal of Moses'
written words are said to have been transmitted "orally," and through Moses
himself — believe it or not!
Bearing in mind that the Scribes were the Pharisee teachers of the Law of
Moses, carefully distorted to comprise the Talmud, note: "There is greater
stringency in respect to the teachings of the Scribes than in respect to the
Torah … so that a Biblical law may be transgressed." (Talmud, Sanhedrin 88b, see
The Torah in its narrow sense is the Old Testament, and in a still narrower
meaning the first five books (Pentateuch) of Moses. In its wider Judaistic use
it means the Old Testament as misinterpreted by the Pharisaic Talmud. Always
with Judaism the Talmud ranks above the Bible in every way.
Not reproduced here is a Talmud passage from the book of
Nedarim (vows) of which Exhibit 170 is
the title page. The Soncino edition of the Talmud states (page 107):
As will be seen on 37a, Scripture was generally regarded
as the study of children only, adults usually investigating the deeper meaning …
From this we see that it was usual to teach the Bible to girls in spite of the
Talmudic deduction that daughters need not be educated (Kid. 30a). The
opposition of Rabbi Eliezer to teaching the Torah to one's daughter (Sotah 20a "He who teaches
his daughter Torah is as though he taught her lewdness.") was probably directed
against the teaching of the Oral Law, and the higher branches of study (V.
Maimonides Yad. Talmud Torah) … The context shows that the reference is to the
higher knowledge of Biblical law.
The Talmud (Sanhedrin 59a, See Exhibit
A heathen who studies the Torah deserves death for it is written,
Moses commanded us a law for an inheritance; it is our inheritance, not theirs.
Reference is also made to the "Noachian laws" which the
non-Jew may study "but not laws which do not pertain to them." Also: " … (the)
objection was to the studying of the Oral Law … Rabbi Johanan feared the
knowledge of Gentiles in matters of Jurisprudence, as they would use it against
the Jews in their opponents' courts." Understandably, since all Talmud laws
discriminate against the non-Jew and rank him a virtual animal, these were apt
The Jewish Encyclopedia is still more open about what is in Sanhedrin 59a of the
Talmud, above, threatening death for revelation of "Torah" laws to Gentiles:
"for such knowledge might have operated against the Jews in their opponents'
courts." This observation follows a dissertation on the laws on cheating and
getting the best of Gentiles in trade and in court. (See Exhibit 271, left column)
The Babylonian Talmud
The Babylonian Talmud is composed of "Mishnah" (or "Halacha"), or laws
formulated by the Pharisees whose teachings comprise the Talmud, and "Gemara,"
or argumentative teachings about these laws. There are 63 books in the
Babylonian Talmud, largely divided without topical organization.
All Talmud books have "Mishnah" (plural "Mishnaim"). Some lack a "Gemara."
The "Mishnah" or law of one or another Pharisee may be referred to, for example,
as the "Mishnah of Rabbi Akiba," or of "Eliezer ben Jacob."
"The name Mishnah is applied in particular to the collection of Halachoth, or
laws, made by Judah Hanasi (generally known as Rabbi) and his colleagues at the
beginning of the 3rd Century C.E." (Note: "CE." stands for "Common Era," to
avoid "AD" or "Year of Our Lord," from the Latin, Anno Domini.) (See Jewish
Continuing to quote from the Jewish Encyclopedia:
The Mishnah represents the culmination of a series of attempts to
bring order into the vast mass of traditions which had been transmitted orally
for many centuries … The compiliation of the Mishnah is not, however, the work
of one man, or even of the scholars of one age, but rather the result of a long
process extending over a period of two centuries.
In the Palestine Pharisee Talmudic center at Jabneh (for it was
never in Jerusalem but at Jabneh where the Jerusalem Talmud was composed) there
was a concerted effort on the part of the sages of Jabeneh (about 90 CE.) to
assemble and harmonize the Halachah … Akiba (died about 135 CE.) arranged the
Halachoth in logical order and probably constructed the framework of the present
day Mishnah; (4) the collection of the Akiba was enlarged and brought up to date
by his disciple Meir [Note: Who, the Talmud says, was a descendant of Nero, a
convert to Talmudism.] (5) it became the custom, after the time of Akiba, for
every head of an academy to compile his own Mishnah so that the confusion that
resulted … motivated Judah Hanasi to compile a standard [page 4] authoritative Mishnah; (6) although it is reported
that Judah made use of thirteen different collections of Halachoth in his work,
his Mishnah is based largely upon the collection of Meir, and indirectly,
therefore, upon that of Akiba. (Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, "Mishnah")
Judah Hanasi, who compiled the Mishnah, was born about A.D. 135 and died
after A.D. 200 (same authority, "‘Judah Hanasi"). "Nasi," meaning "prince" of
Jewry, was the title given the head of the Sanhedrin court, which meted out life
and death under Talmudic law.
Talmud — Six Main
The Talmud is divided into six main divisions called "Sedarim" (orders), but
each division and each volume is a hodge-podge of every subject imaginable. The
main and overall characteristics of the Talmud are: pomp, silliness, obscenity
and more obscenity, a setting up of laws seemingly for the purpose of inventing
circumventions, and evasions; delight in sadistic cruelty; reversal of all
Biblical moral teachings on theft, murder, sodomy, perjury, treatment of
children and parents; insane hatred of Christ, Christians and every phase of
The Six Divisions of the
Babylonian Talmud, called "Seder" (plural Sedarim), are:
1. ZERAIM (seeds),
composed of the following books:
The name of this book supposedly means benedictions, but is as foul a collection
of obscenity as one could find, with 405 pages of what is nothing but "privy
talk." The following 10 books occupy one 406-page volume in the Soncino
The Megillah is a sadistic celebration of drunkenness and bloodlust,
the Talmudic admonition being that it is the duty of the Jew to be so drunk on
Purim he doesn‘t know the difference between "Blessed be Mordechai" and "Cursed
be Haman." (See Exhibit 299)
There are 12 books in Moed.
3. SEDER NASHIM
(women). This section includes a 13-page introduction to the Soncino edition by
Rabbi J.H. Hertz. These books are principally distinguished by their sub-sewer
filth and obscenity:
Yebamoth(the dead brother's widow) occupies 2 volumes, 871 pages in the Soncino
Kethuboth(on the sum due a wife who is divorced) occupies 2 volumes and 728 pages of
Talmudic sex filth (e.g. a baby girl being fair prey for adult men).
Nedarim(vows); 282 pages of filth and immorality, illustrative of what Christ
denounced when attacking the Pharisees.
Kethuboth(more vows); 253 pages in
the Soncino edition, hairsplitting, immoral twaddle, and including the Kol Nidre.
suspected woman), 271 pages in the Soncino edition.
Baba Kamma (the
first gate): 719 pages of Talmudic ramblings, a general law on damages being
that hurting Gentile property is permissible; injuring Jewish property is like
assaulting the Divine, for only "Jews" are "men" and non-Jews rank as animals.
This is "brotherhood" as advocated in the Talmud.
(Middle gate): 676 pages in Soncino edition and of similar import.
(last gate): 779 pages in two volumes. and replete with anti-Gentile
Sanhedrin(781 pages): States the introduction in the Soncino edition of the Talmud
(see Exhibit 43): "It forms, along with
Makkoth, the chief repository of the criminal law of the Talmud." This section
includes the most virulent calumnies of Jesus, including His imaginary stoning,
burning in dung. His decapitation, His strangling in dung, His hanging, or
crucifixion for "blaspheming" the Pharisee "sages."
(beatings), 175 pages in the Soncino edition.
menstruant woman) is the prize part in this alleged religious section, devoting
509 pages to discussing smell, color, and examination by the rabbis of
menstruation, without apparent medical or any other purpose except wallowing in
the repulsive; pomp and asininity also abound.
utensil cleanness) illustrates through "nit-picking" rules the "straining at a
gnat" cited by Christ (Matthew 23:24); also; "Pharisees make clean the outside
of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and
wickedness." (Luke 11:39)
There are 12 books in Tohoroth. The last 11 of these (excepting
Niddah) occupy one 589-page volume in the Soncino edition. The 1,098 pages on
"cleanness," filled with the foulest obscenities of thought, once again justify
Christ's disdain for this hypocrisy and serve to illustrate the justification
for his attitude toward the Talmudic Pharisee