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...

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...