Political Idolatry

Preach the word be instant in season, out of sea-son reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (II Timothy 4 2-4). This book grew out of an appendix in my book, Tools of Dominion. 11 realized after I wrote it that few people would ever read an...

Gary North

Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data The JudeO-Christian tradition a guide for the perplexed Gary North. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-930464-28-1 (alk. paper) 12.95 1. Judaism - Controversial literature. 2. Jewish law. 3. Religious pluralism - Controversial literature. 4. Missions to Jews. 5. Dominion theology. 6. Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. I. Title. BM585.N67 1990 This book is dedicated to the memory of Orthodox...

Rival Religions

I agree with the astoundingly prolific Orthodox Jew, Jacob Neusner, whose studies on Jewish law are as close to definitive as the writings of any one person can be.22 He writes Judaism and Christianity are completely different religions, not different versions of one religion (that of the 'Old Testament,' or 'the written Torah,' as Jews call it). The two faiths stand for different people talking about different things to different people.23 He argues that the key differences center on the two...

The Star of David

Very few people know much about the history of Judaism, including those who identify themselves as Jews. This may seem like an outrageous statement. You can test its accuracy by asking the average gentile or average Jew what the most important symbol of modern Judaism is. He probably will say either the scroll of the Torah or the star of David, also known as the 18. . . . Jews in this country have the economic status of white Anglo-Saxon Episcopalians but vote more like low-income Hispanics....

Subject Index

Abbahu,61 abortion, 26, 65, 168 Abraham, 14,49,51, 166 Adam, 87, 165 adoption, 16 adultery, 11, 14 Akiba, 77 alliance, 166 Allis, O. T., 165 America civil religion, 23, 42 pluralist, 22-23 untrustworthy ally, 171 Amish, 65 antinomianism, 56, 57, 163, 164 antiquity, 29, 30 anti-Semitism, 161-62, 177-80 Aristotle, 106-7 art, 28 assimilation, 56, 64, 150, 153, 172 atonement, xii authority, 48 Babylon, 15n baptism, 11, 31, 33, 50n Bar Kochba, 40,41, 140, 141 David, 169 Berger, Peter, 171-72 Berman,...

Debating Ethical Standards

Why should Orthodox Jews be surprised or even upset when non-Jews react strongly against the Talmud's teaching, for example, that it is legitimate for a man to have sexual relations with a little girl, just so long as she is under the age of three The Mishnah says WHEN A GROWN-UP MAN HAS HAD SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH A LITTLE GIRL, OR WHEN A SMALL BOY HAS HAD INTERCOURSE WITH A GROWN-UP WOMAN, OR when a girl was accidentally INJURED BY A PIECE OF WOOD IN ALL CASES THEIR KETHUBAH IS TWO HUNDRED...

The Question of Circumcision

Most important of all is circumcision, the Talmud says. It was taught Rabbi said, Great is circumcision, for none so ardently busied himself with God's precepts as our Father Abraham, yet he was called perfect only in virtue of circumcision, as it is written, Walk before me and be thou perfect, and it is written, And I will make my covenant between me and thee. Another version of Rabbi's teaching is this Great is circumcision, for it counter-balances all the other precepts of the Torah, as it...

The Sovereign Master

When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour and he saith unto the fews, Behold your King But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar (John 19 13-15). The Jews had a king, they said...

Interpretation And Representation

And when they the Jews had appointed him Paul a day, there came many to him. into his lodging to whom, he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the low of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,...

Table Of Contents

Political Idolatry 20 3. The Sovereign Master 37 4. Interpretation and Representation 47 5. A Separate People in Our Midst 59 6. The Talmud A Closed Book, Even When Open. . . 73 7. You Have Heard It Said 84 8. Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, Maimonides 106 9. Undermining Justice 133 10. The Isolation or Erosion of Orthodox Judaism. . . . 145 APPENDIX On Evangelizing Jews 177 Scripture Index 193 Subject Index 197 About the Author 205

Separate People In Our Midst

A heathen who busies himself with the study of the Law deserves death. He should occupy himself with the (study) of the seven commandments only. So too, a heathen who keeps a day of rest, even if it be on a weekday, if he has set it apart as his Sabbath, is deserving of death. It is needless to state that he merits death if he makes a new festival for himself. The general principle is none is permitted to introduce innovations into religion or devise new commandments. The heathen has the choice...

Preface

This Jesus bath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he bath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens but he saith himself, The Tord said unto my Tord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God bath made, that same Tesus, whom ye have crucified,...

The Talmud A Closed Book Even When Open

For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fa thers (Galatians 1 13-14). Most Christians have never heard of the Talmud. I have never met a Christian who claims to have read all of it, meaning all 34 fat volumes. It was a closed book for English-speaking people until...

What JudeOChristian Tradition

If Christians and Jews do not agree about the nature of covenant law and the proper approach to and interpretation of biblical legal texts, even when they officially appeal to the same written legal sources, what becomes of the Judeo-Christian tradition There would have to be a common legal tradition in order to create such a tradition, yet this common legal tradition does not exist. Arthur A. Cohen, in his provocatively titled book, The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition, which was...

The Mark Of The Old Covenant

But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile For there is no respect of persons with God. . . . Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, An instructor of foolish, a teacher of babes, which...

Social Peace

The typical non-Jew would imagine that Jews throughout history would have rejoiced whenever gentiles read the Old Testament in search of God's permanent moral and civil standards of righteousness. After all, this would tend to bridge the cultural and judicial gap between Jews and non-Jews. This, however, was precisely the problem in the minds of the rabbis for at least 1,700 years. The rabbis did not want this gap bridged at most, they wanted external peace and quiet for Jews, meaning they...

Most Peculiar Book

Orthodox Jews believe that the Talmud is an inspired book. They do not treat is as folklore. They treat it as authoritative. The Old Testament forbade Molech worship. And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God I am the LORD (Leviticus 18 2 1). This is repeated in Leviticus 20 2-5. What does the Talmud say about this practice MISHNAH. HE WHO GIVES OF HIS SEED TO MOLECH INCURS NO PUNISHMENT UNLESS HE DELIVERS IT TO MOLECH...

Printing Makes a Difference

When a gentile reads the Talmud or Talmud-related writings, he necessarily enters into Talmud-forbidden ground. If study by gentiles of the written Torah itself is forbidden by Talmudic law, then surely the once-secret Jewish oral tradition of the Torah is prohibited. But when the Talmud is made available in vernacular languages by those who are still believers in its sacred character, as has been done in this century, the traditional criticisms against gentiles who read it necessarily fade....

How Little Most People Know About Judaism

Maimonides' opinion regarding the immorality of non-Jews who read the Old Testament would probably come as a shock to most Christians, assuming they had ever heard of Maimonides and his Mishneh Torah. It might even come as a shock to most contemporary Jews. The average Bible-believing Christian in the United States knows very little about post-New Testament Judaism. He may be vaguely aware that American Judaism is divided into three theological wings Reform (liberal), Conservative, and...

Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon Maimonides

The Mishneh Torah also becomes an Archimedean fulcrum in the sense that he Maimonides regularly mentions it and refers correspondents and inquirers to it. The repeated references convey the impression that he wanted to establish it as a standard manual, a ready, steady, and uniform reference book for practically all issues. Few gentile scholars have ever heard of the Mishneh Torah, but all medieval historians and specialists in the history of Western philosophy know of Maimonides. Moshe, the...

Three Teachings of the Talmud

The approach I have chosen here is to adopt Jesus' use of the technique, You have heard it said. What He was attacking in each case was either a false tradition of the Pharisees or a false interpretation they imposed on an Old Testament text. The same technique of confrontation is applicable today. I could say You have heard it said that gentiles who oppose Israel spend eternity in the nether world being boiled in semen, while Christians spend eternity with Jesus in boiling excrement,2 but I...

Summary

Now, for the sake of lazy reviewers, let me present the basic conclusions of this book 1. Evangelism efforts by Christians to the Jews as Jews a covenan- 3. Gary North, Dominion and Common Grace The Biblical Bank of Progress Tyler, Texas Institute for Christian Economics, 1987 . 4. David Chilton, Paradise Restored A iblical Theology of Dominion Ft. Worth, Texas Dominion Press, 1985 . tally separate people are very important, not just for the sake of each individual soul, but for the enormous...

What Is the Talmud

The Babylonian Talmud is an immense compilation.7 It has been well described by Jews as the sea of the Talmud. Sargasso 2. Alfred Edersheim, History of the Jewish Nation AJter the Destruction of Jerusalem, UnderTitus Grand Rapids, Michigan Baker Book House, 1856 n.d. , pp. 361-81. Edersheim was ordained at age 21 in the Scottish Presbyterian Church, and was later ordained an Anglican. He wrote this book at age 30. 4. Dialecticism is to human logic what Manichaeanism is to cosmology the...