"A heathen who studies the Torah deserves death . it is our inheritance, not theirs . he is as guilty as one who violates a bethrothed maiden." (See Exhibit 60) This is sound Talmudic thinking, since knowledge of the anti-human criminality of the
Talmud Torah must inevitably put non-Jews on their guard. The footnote explains (Exhibit 60):
"This seems a very strong expression it is suggested that Rabbi Johanan feared the knowledge of Gentiles in matters of Jurisprudence, as they would use it against the Jews in their opponents' courts the Talmud places R. [page 21] Johanan's dictum immediately after the passage dealing with the setting up of law courts by Gentiles."
It is further explained that study of the Oral Law (Talmud) is what is feared and that the same R. Johanan said "God's covenant with Israel was only for the sake of the Oral Law [ie. Talmud]."
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