6/21/2002 2:49:55 AM
Now about Jesus.
You seem to gloss over the fact that the Talmud and maimonodies too actually have a very very negative view about Jesus that he was a rebellious heretic. Now do not take this as a contradiction to what you properly state as to Jesus's profoundness as a teacher.
Sometimes something can be just slightly off and yet it's effects can be devastating. This is the case with Jesus that he rebelliously paved the way for an off an untrue version of Judaism, which while in one light may seem just slightly different, it's overall effects are enormous distortions.
Now while for the pagan world it well may be considered an improvement, it is still properly vilified in contrast to Judaic values. Thus Jesus is both a profound teacher and a rebellious heretic, and it takes a talmudic scholar like myself to explain that.