Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 6 – Anti-Semitism

For centuries Jews have been the victim of bigotry and hatred for allegedly being responsible for the killing Jesus. This hateful lie has led to widespread discrimination and pogroms culminating in the Holocaust. But where did this murderous idea come from? The answer is none other than the so-called “Good Book”, the Bible, the book that is supposedly full of nothing but peace and love.

It is unnecessary to recount all the hatred the Jews have faced throughout history. It is well known and I don’t have near enough space for it. This hatred came directly from the Bible itself and it was usually the Church that led the attacks. The justification usually came from Matthew 27:25. It describes how when Plate tried to avoid the blame for Jesus’ execution claiming he didn’t want blood on his hands, the following supposedly happened: “Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” This was used to claim that the Jews accepted responsibility for Jesus’ death and any punishment arising from it. To me this seems like a forgery used to justify later pogroms. After all why would anyone claim they wanted blood on their hands? Why would anyone agree to have their children punished for their own actions? So I believe Matthew 27:25 is a lie, and a lie that had horrendous consequences.

The New Testament (remember this is supposed to be the kind loving part of the Bible) contains several accusations that the Jews in general are responsible for Jesus’ death.

The Jews, who have both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.” 1st Thessalonians 2:14-6

There is no ambiguity here. The Jews (not just some of them, all of them) have killed Jesus. God is angry with them and they will be punished. They are contrary to all men. Here, in the supposed message of love, we find the seeds of hatred and anti-Semitism that led to centuries of terrible consequences.

There is more. Acts 2:22-3 addresses the “men of Israel” ad tells them of how Jesus was sent by God to do his work, the man “ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain”. Just in case this wasn’t clear, it is spelled out: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36) Saint Peter the founder of the Christian Church denounced the Jews for having “killed the Prince of Life.” (Acts 3:15) Acts 10:39 also blames the Jews for the death of Jesus (though it says he was hung from a tree?)

There is a particularly sinister line in Titus 1:10-1 “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision [Jews], Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s [money gained in a dishonourable way] sake.” Here we have anti-Semitism at its most virulent. Jews deserve to have their mouths stopped (the Nazis would be proud). Here we can also see the beginning of the stereotype of the greedy money grabbing Jew with the words “filthy lucre”. There are also described as “defiled”, “abominable”, and “reprobate” [unprincipled] (Titus 1:15-6)

But surely Jesus never got involved in that? Surely Jesus with his message of love would never agree with such bigotry and hatred. However according to John 8:44 (which could be lying) Jesus denounces the Jews declaring: “Ye are of your father the devil”. I was completely stunned when I saw this. I never expected Jesus (who after all was a Jew) to come out with such anti-Semitism that would be at home in a speech by Hitler.

(On a side note this happens straight after the famous story of adulterer when Jesus said let he who has not sinned through the first stone)

Alas this is not the only anti-Semitic utterance by Jesus. In Matthew 23:31-5 he again denounces them “Ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up the measures of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generations of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” I would have expected this hateful rant to come from a Nazi not from the Prince of Peace.

So there we have it. One of the most disgusting forms of racism, hatred of the Jews, has its roots in the book we are supposed to worship as inspired by God that is supposed to be holy and perfect. I refuse. I cannot in good conscience worship a book with such hateful words that only the Nazis could be proud of.

Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 1 – Genocide

Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 2 – Sexism

Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 3 – Homophobia

Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 4 – Slavery

Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 5 – Racism

Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 6 – Anti-Semitism



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13 responses to “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 6 – Anti-Semitism

  1. I’d also like to point out the massive contradiction your article points out, to the final words of Jesus on the cross “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”

  2. It’s difficult to believe that a book, supposedly the Scriptures of Jews, in OT times and in NT times, can also be Anti-Jew. But it is as you say.

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  4. Actually, if you read the prophets like Jeremiah and Isaiah you’ll see that the words attributed to Jesus are rather tame. Take a look at Isaiah 59, for example:

    “1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear;
    “2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.
    “3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue muttereth wickedness.”

    Have a taste of Jeremiah, Chapter 4:

    “22 For My people is foolish, they know Me not; they are sottish children, and they have no understanding; they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.”

    and Chapter 7:

    “30 For the children of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight, saith the LORD; they have set their detestable things in the house whereon My name is called, to defile it.
    “31 And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded not, neither came it into My mind.
    “32 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Topheth, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter; for they shall bury in Topheth, for lack of room.
    “33 And the carcasses of this people shall be food for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall frighten them away.
    “34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the land shall be desolate.”

    It’s not for nothing that the rabbis worked hard to make sure that every reading ends with something uplifting. Sometimes those pick-me-ups were hard to come by.

  5. The MAD Jewess

    Luke 18:32

    He will be handed over to the *Gentiles*.
    *They* will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.

    Paul was a Jew. He knew his people. The Jewish people, even HaShem describes as stubborn.

    It is what it is.
    you want to change God, huh?😀 Lol hahaha.

  6. plasticpatrick

    IMHO, I don’t see these texts as anti-Semitic. The majority of early believers in the church were Jews. In my understanding Paul was speaking about the local group of Jews that opposed the Christians (who were also mostly Jews) as they saw the Christians as heretics.

    You also have to understand the criticism of Jews in the Bible is always by other Jews. Most people would not interpret a criticism of your own people group as being “against” them as that would mean you are against yourself. Most of what the prophets spoke about could be called constructive criticism.

    People that read this texts (typically in a historical context as I am not aware of any groups that do this today) as meaning that Christians should be against the Jews are cherry picking to make the Bible say what they want it to say instead of seeking a genuine understanding of the text.

    Also, you’re not supposed to worship the Bible, you can worship God though. If you were to worship the Bible that would make it an idol for you which is something God prohibits in the Bible.

    All the best.

    • As I tried to make clear in the article I think the argument is quite weak. However you cannot deny that it was used for centuries to persecute the Jews.

      The early followers had left Judaism to become Christians and the fiercest arguments are often between people who once agreed.

      Well seeing as the Bible is supposed to be the word of God, so thy’re more or less the same regards worshiping.

      • The MAD Jewess

        ‘The early followers had left Judaism to become Christians ‘

        Jews do not have to ‘leave’ Judaism.
        IF a Jew decides that Jesus is the anointed, they are just Jews that believe in Jesus.

        Jews have not been innocent. Their far left wing ways have helped royally mess up many nations since May 1776 in EU.

        Jews are not innocent, Christians are not innocent. No one is good, no one but God, even Jesus said so

        • Real Jew

          Nonsense, you cannot be both Jewish and believe in Jesus. Christianity and Judaism are incompatible.

          • Anonomyouus (cant speel)

            The New Testament is a continuation of the old, which is why a proportion of the early church were Christians. It is easily possible.

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