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Anti-Semitism In The New Testament



It’s become quite common to hear Christian apologists claiming that Islam is an anti-Semitic religion. This off course is yet another game of them trying to put the wool over the eyes of the audience, because if anyone wants to talk about anti-Semitism, one need not look further than the New Testament. Many academic historians are unanimous in the fact that the New Testament and Christianity itself, was a major contributing factor to the anti-Jewish sentiment, as well as the persecution of the Jewish community living in Europe.

Let’s just take a look at what NT has to say about the Jews:

John 8:37-44: I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

So according to these passages from the Gospel of John, Jesus calls the Jews in attendance, the sons of the devil. Jesus also accuses them of following the lusts of their father, the devil, who wants to murder, and lie. So Jesus calls the Jews the sons of the devil, and characterizes them as murderers, and liars. But off course, to our evangelical friends, such texts are not anti-Semitic in the least, but it’s Islam that’s the anti-Semitic faith.

Another highly anti-Semitic teaching comes from the book of Revelations, which seems to carry on from this teaching, i.e. liking the Jews to the devil:

Revelations 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

So according to the book of Revelations, those who say they are Jews, actually belong to the Synagogue of satan. So the New Testament calls the Jews the sons of the devil, as well as belonging to the Synagogue of the devil. But off course there’s nothing to see here, yes, it’s Islam that’s the anti-Semitic religion according to Christian apologists.

We’re not done just yet, next we have one of the most incriminating anti-Semitic texts in history, a text that many scholars trace as the actual root cause of anti-Semitism and persecution towards the Jewish community, the text comes from the Gospel of Matthew:

Matthew 27:25-30: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

So according to these passages, the Jews in attendance openly say that the blood of Jesus is upon them, and their children. Basically the blood of Jesus is upon the Jews of his day and the generations that come afterward. So all Jews are incriminated in the killing of Jesus, all Jews stand guilty of Jesus’ murder.

Jews for Judaism write the following concerning all of the above:

The New Testament contains more than just a mild criticism of the Jews. In fact, it is extremely anti-Jewish. It is true that some Christians maintain that the New Testament attack on the Jews is quite mild. Yet, how mild is the "bloody commission," a statement that places upon the Jews guilt for all the righteous blood ever shed upon the earth (Matthew 23:35), or a spurious self-condemnation whereby the Jewish people supposedly take upon themselves and their offspring an eternal blame for the death of Jesus (Matthew 27:25), or a declaration that the Jews are the children of the devil (John 8:44) and that the Jews are a "synagogue of Satan" (Revelation 2:9, 3:9). Paul summed up the denunciation of the Jews with the inflammatory declaration that the Jews are "hostile to all men" (1 Thessalonians 2:15).

The New Testament was written by-and-large for Gentiles and institutionalized an anti-Judaic theme for its audience. It distorted and fictionalized events in order to portray the Jews, all Jews who do not accept Jesus, as evil and responsible for his death. The attitude of the New Testament authors toward the Jews is very clear.

Now I’m sure excuses will be made, and justifications will be sought, but such efforts will only demonstrate the pure double standards from Christian apologists, because how on earth can they claim that Islam is anti-Semitic when all of these verses exist in their very own book? Can you imagine what they would say if the verses from the NT were in fact verses from the Quran? And that the Quran called the Jews the sons of the devil and so forth?

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