Newsweek has published an except from Benedict XVI’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth which he has earlier stated is written as a dialog with Rabbi Jacob Neusner. Here is a quote from that excerpt:
The Sadducees disappeared after the destruction of Jerusalem (a.d. 70), whereas the pattern of life practiced by the Pharisees found an enduring form in the sort of Judaism shaped by the Mishnah and the Talmud. Although we observe sharp antagonism between Jesus and the Pharisees in the Gospels, and although his death on the Cross was the very antithesis of the Zealot program, we must not forget that people came to Christ from every kind of background and that the early Christian community included more than a few priests and former Pharisees.
We have already shown from Neusner’s writings that Judaism is the codified religion of the Pharisees and now we see the same from Benedict XVI. Only a few years ago this was viewed as the controversial, “antisemitic” thesis of Michael A. Hoffman. Now we see it frankly stated as a matter of fact by the Pope in the mainstream press.
What is happening here? This is likely meant to control the public reaction to revelations of hitherto little known facts pertaining to Judaism which are flooding the internet lately. This is also likely an attempt to deepen the double minded hypnosis of those who observe it.
In recent years we have witnessed Benedict telling us that the rabbis of Talmudic Judaism are “our elder brothers in the faith.” He has stated that the Judaic (see: Talmudic) interpretation of scripture which denies Christ is a valid interpretation. He has met with Talmudic rabbis almost daily to confirm his mission to create deeper religious relations between Catholicism and Talmudic Judaism. He’s visited Talmudic synagogues. He has often expressed his deep respect for Talmudic Judaism. And now he tells us that Talmudic Judaism is the religion of the Pharisees whom Jesus had a sharp antagonism with in the Gospel. Could there be a more double minded message from this man?
Benedict XVI at the Synagogue of Cologne where he made the following outrageous statement:
In considering the Jewish roots of Christianity (cf. Rom 11: 16-24), my venerable Predecessor, quoting a statement by the German Bishops, affirmed that “whoever meets Jesus Christ meets Judaism” (Insegnamenti, Vol. III/2, 1980, p. 1272).
I beg to differ. Anyone who meets Judaism meets the doctrine which Jesus Christ told His disciples to beware of. Benedict testifies against Himself.
Look well and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees … Then they understood that he said not they should beware of the leaven of bread, but of
the doctrine of Pharisees and Sadducees. (Matthew 16;6-12)