"The New Testament paints the Jews in the darkest colors imaginable. Essentially, whatever it is that one considers detestable in a people, that is precisely how the Jews are portrayed in the Christian scriptures. The nation of Israel has paid a heavy price for this vilification... This portrayal of the Jews in the Gospels, particularly in the Passion Narratives, has been devastating for European Jewry and is ultimately responsible for the unspeakable misery of untold millions of my people" (Rabbi Tovia Singer). Who Was Jesus?
Matthew 7:6 "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces." Meaning, the stiff-necked and stubborn enemies of the gospel are unworthy to have it preached unto them (Geneva Study Bible).
Dogs and swine in this context are those, who
are hostile to the Gospel, namely the Jews.
And this tells us "give not that which is holy unto the dogs-savage or snarling haters of truth and righteousness, neither cast ye your pearls before swine-the impure or coarse, who are incapable of appreciating the priceless jewels of Christianity" (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary).
"The dog was regarded an unclean animal by the Jewish law. They probably represent snarling, scoffing opposers. The characteristic of dogs is brutality. To try to instill holy things into such low, unclean, and sordid brutal minds is useless. The swine were also unclean. They would have no use for pearls, and perhaps would rush upon those who scattered the pearls. So, too, there are men so dull, imbruted and senseless, as to reject the pearls of truth. It is our duty to help and to try to save others, but we must use common sense" (Peoples New Testament).
The Apostle Paul's message to the Phillipians (3:2-3,8, The Message) is: "Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all bark and no bite. All they're interested in is appearances--knife-happy circumcisers, I call them. The real believers are the ones the Spirit of God leads to work away at this ministry, filling the air with Christ's praise as we do it. We couldn't carry this off by our own efforts, and we know it-- Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant--dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ." Bible in Basic English (3:2): "Be on the watch against dogs, against the workers of evil, against those of the circumcision:"
The Peoples New Testament explains: "Beware of dogs. Those snarling and snapping like dogs. The Judaizing teachers, who so troubled the early churches, are meant." Wesley's Notes: "Beware of dogs - Unclean, unholy, rapacious men. The title which the Jews usually gave the gentiles, he returns upon themselves." Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary: "the dogs," namely, those impure persons "of whom I have told you often" (Php 3:18-19) "the abominable" (Titus 1:15-16), especially "enemies of the cross of Christ." The Jews regarded the Gentiles as "dogs" (Mt 15:26); but by their own unbelief they have ceased to be the true Israel, and are become "dogs."
Titus 1:10-14 International Standard Version: "For there are many people who are rebellious, especially those who are converts from Judaism" ("they of the circumcision," Hebrew Christians or Messianic Jews). (The Judaizing teachers, who maintained the necessity of circumcision, and of observing the rites and ceremonies of the Mosaic law, in order to the perfecting of the Gospel, Adam Clarke Commentary). "They speak utter nonsense and deceive people. They must be silenced, because they are the kind of people who ruin whole families by teaching what they should not teach in order to make money in a shameful way. One of their very own prophets said, "Liars ever, men of Crete, savage brutes that live to eat." That statement is true. For this reason, refute them sharply so that they may become healthy in the faith and not pay attention to Jewish myths or commands given by people who reject the truth." (Meaning the injunctions of the scribes and Pharisees, which they added to the law of God, Commandments of Jewish or other teachers, which are only the traditions of men, additions to God's ordinances).
"Everything is clean to those who are clean, but nothing is clean to those who are corrupt and unbelieving. Indeed, their very way of thinking and their consciences have been corrupted." (Peoples NT: Unto the pure all things are pure. In the Jewish fables just referred to (Titus 1:14) were rigid regulations concerning foods and purifications. Hence Paul adds, It is not food that makes one impure. To the pure all things are pure. When one is unbelieving and defiled, no food can make him pure). (Wesley's Notes, says among others, all kinds of meat; the Mosaic distinction between clean and unclean meats being now taken away). "They claim to know God" (Adam Clarke Commentary: the unbelieving Jews, the seducing teachers, and those who had been seduced by their bad doctrine), "but they deny him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified to do anything good."
The Spanish Inquisition
sought to expose Jews who converted to Christianity but were still secretly Jewish.
The Christians began to call converted Jews "New Christians" to distinguish them from the "Old Christians" i.e. themselves. Derogatorily, Jewish converts to Christianity were called converses meaning "converts," or worse yet marranos, meaning "pigs" or "swine," derived from the Latin verres "wild boar." The basic accusation was that these Jews were not real converts to Christianity - they were secretly practicing Judaism. That was certainly often the case. There were large numbers of Jews who would be outwardly Christian but who would continue to practice Judaism secretly (Aish.com).
Shevat 6 in 1393
, following a massacre of Jews at Majorca, an edict was issued guaranteeing the Jews protection. (Majorca is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.) In just a few short years the protective decree was forgotten; persecution of the Jews began again in 1413. By 1435, the Jewish community had been completely destroyed, with many Jews forcibly converted to Christianity. These forced converts retained Jewish practice in private, but they publicly boiled pork lard in large pots, as a way to appear non-Jewish. (Hence these Jews were nicknamed Chuetas -- "pork lard") (Aish.com).
Marranos Gather in Southern Italy to Explore Their Roots:
Dozens of Italians of Jewish descent -- Marranos -- have gathered in the southern region of the country to explore their roots this week (INN, 9/7/2011).
Also in the teachings within Islam, we find Jews described as pigs and dogs. Jews are also called rats and monkies. Dogs and swine were unclean animals, and among the Jews to compare a person to a dog, was the most degrading expression possible.
"And the Philistine said unto David:
Am I a dog, that thou
comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his god" (I Sam. 17:43).
Founders of Christianity continually demonize the Jews:
In John 4:1-6 we learn that all who deny that Jesus of Nazareth is come in the flesh, that "all the opponents of his incarnation, and consequently of his passion, death, and resurrection, and the benefits to be derived from them, have the spirit of antichrist." ”This is how we distinguish the Spirit of truth from the spirit of error.”
We learn also that teachers not inspired by God, i.e., false prophets were especially common among the Jewish people.
Over and over again the NT warns against false prophets who will ”mislead the elect” (the chosen persons, the Christians), (Matthew 24:11.24). John Lightfoot (1602-1675) in his commentary on the NT, meant the Jews here were abundant in magic, divination, sorcery, incantation.
In Acts 13:1-10 we meet with Bar-Jesus or Elymas, a Jewish sorcerer, who endeavoured to prevent the proconsul of the island from receiving the Christian faith. "But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit (???), fixed his gaze on him, and said, "You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?"
In Acts Ch. 8:1-13 we can read about Philip who preaches the Gospel to the people in Samaria; "For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice;.." We also hear about Simon who was practicing magic, he was struck with the doctrine of the Gospel and he knew his own doctrine to be fictitious. He believed therefore that Jesus was the Messiah, and was in consequence baptized.
Jesus of Nazareth on
Abraham's Seed and Satan's, John 8:37-47 NLT:
”Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because my message does not find a place in your hearts. I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father."
"Our father is Abraham," they declared. "No," Jesus replied, "for if you were children of Abraham, you would follow his good example. I told you the truth I heard from God, but you are trying to kill me. Abraham wouldn't do a thing like that. No, you are obeying your real father when you act that way." They replied, "We were not born out of wedlock! Our true Father is God himself."
Jesus told them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. Why can't you understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to do so! For you are the children of your father the Devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don't believe me! Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don't you believe me? Anyone whose Father is God listens gladly to the words of God. Since you don't, it proves you aren't God's children."
1 John 3:8 NLT "But when people keep on sinning, it shows they belong to the Devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil." Matthew Henry's concise Commentary: "The children of God and the children of the devil have their distinct characters. The seed of the serpent are known by neglect of religion, and by their hating real Christians."
At a Church conference, Hitler affirmed that the Catholic Church has always regarded Jews as evildoers and had banished them into ghettos. He (Hitler) is only doing what the Church had been doing for fifteen hundred years. In a speech to Polish Catholics, Hitler declared: "I, as a German Catholic, ask only what is permitted to Polish Catholics. To be antisemitic is not to be un-Catholic. The Church used every weapon against the Jews, even the Inquisition.
Christ himself was a pioneer in the fight against Judaism."
G-d, Himself, is called Nokem, Avenger: “The L-rd is a zealous and avenging G-d. The L-rd avenges and is full of wrath. He takes revenge on His adversaries and reserves wrath for His enemies” (Nachum 1:2). The ultimate revenge is the destruction of Christianity, Midah Keneged Midah, a punishment that has a correlation to the act that was done. (Daniel 2:30-35,40-44, 9:27, Ch. 7, Isaiah 25:6-9).
"For the day of the Lord over all the nations is close;
as you have done shall be done to you; your recompense shall be returned upon your head (Obadiah 1:15). "...a cloudy day it will be the time of the (destruction of the) nations" (Ezekiel 30:3). "..and as a
destruction from the Almighty shall it come" (Joel 1:15, Chs. 2-3, Isaiah 28:2-3,16-17).
"For, as you drank on My Holy Mount, shall all the nations drink
constantly, and they shall drink and be stunned, and they shall be as though they were not" (Obadiah 1:16).
"...Take this cup of the wine of fury from My hand, and you shall give it to all the nations to whom I send you, to drink. And they shall drink and reel to and fro and be like
madmen because of the sword (the Torah) that I am sending among them" (Jer. 25:15-16, Isaiah 51:22-23, Hab. 2:11-14, Zec. 12:2,9, 14:13-14, Ezek. 38:21-23).
Martin Luther (1483 - 1546) gives his advice on what Christians should
do "with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews." First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them... Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed...
Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them. Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb... Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside, since they are not lords, officials, tradesmen, or the like. Let them stay at home... Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping..."
On the Jews and Their Lies (1543) By
Martin Luther (1483 - 1546).
By St. Paul "...even as they have of the Jews: Who 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 alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost" (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).
Jews are also described as serpents and brood of vipers, by Jesus and his disciples:
Matthew 3:7, "But when he (John) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? (See also Luke 3:7).
Jesus of Nazareth: "Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." "You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? (Matthew 12:3, 23:33).
The Anti-Jewish New Testament "Considering the large numbers of Church going Christians who have used these liturgical collections in their regular church services, is it any wonder that anti-Semitism has been so rampant within "The Church" and Christendom? The anti-Jewish rhetoric in the New Testament has been very effective in poisoning the minds of those who study it and accept it as "the word of G-d", or as "inspired by G-d".
What is the source of the common thread of anti-Semitism shared by the historical acts of persecution of the Jewish people?
The New Testament.
The "Christian love for the Jew", of which so much is heard these days, turns out to be conditional in overwhelming majority of cases. Christians, evangelical Christian missionaries in particular, view the Jewish people as blind and in need of being made into "believers". When their missionary efforts fail, or when their deceptions are exposed, their professed love for the Jew quickly turns into hatred and contempt. Today's hand-clapping Jew-loving "new Christians" are evangelical Christian fundamentalists in disguise, some of whom even profess to be "Torah Observant". They teach the same anti-Semitic doctrines as have been taught by "The Church" throughout the Common Era. And while their tactics may have changed, their agenda and message remain the same.
The number of Jewish people who have been adversely affected, maimed, and murdered in the name of Jesus throughout the history of Christianity significantly exceeds the six million who were massacred by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Yet, there are Jews who, for various reasons, have chosen to overlook this fact and have joined themselves to "The Church" with its built-in anti-Semitism. According to Shmuel Golding, who founded and directed the Jerusalem Institute of Biblical Polemics for many years:
"Any Jew who can pay homage to the New Testament or allow himself to believe in it, is, in my opinion in the same category as a Jew who tries to justify Hitler's Mein Kampf or, as one who covers up for the deeds of the Nazis."
A Jewish person who is approached by Christian missionaries should realize that, in order to be "loved" by them, he or she will have to embrace and accept the New Testament as part of his or her Bible. Therefore, every Jewish person, whether still a member of the Jewish community or one who has already joined a Hebrew-Christian organization, must ask himself or herself the following questions and try to answer them honestly:
Can the New Testament, which has led to the persecution and murder of millions of my Jewish ancestors throughout the
Common Era, truly be the breathed word of G-d, or be inspired by Him?
Am I ready to embrace this New Testament, which spouts hatred and lies against the Jewish people and, therefore, against me as a Jewish person, and accept it as part of my Bible?
"Are present day Christian attitudes towards the Jews any better? Liberals say they are, and they continue to call for tolerance and understanding. But the fundamentalists are hindering and harming the progress that has been made in Christian-Jewish relationships. By their desire to convert the Jew, they prove themselves to be the most anti-Semitic of all Christian groups, for the whole idea of conversion is anti-Semitic.
Christian missionary love for the Jew is a kind of hatred. It loves the Jew, yet hates him for being what he is. It sees him as blind and in need of being changed into a believer. When missionary efforts failed, or are foiled, the love for the Jew quickly turns to hatred and contempt." (Shmuel Golding, Anti-Semitism in the New Testament).