Anyone reading this Gospel will soon know who the "good guy" is and who are the alleged villains. It is difficult for many
people to read it without becoming hostile to the Jews. John's Jesus portrays Christians as the beneficiaries of all that is
positive and good (light; truth; spirit and life). In contrast, the Jews belong to the realm of Satan; death; falsehood; flesh and
John's Gospel is obsessed with "the Jews". Thus "Jew" or "the Jews" is mentioned 71 times in John, but only 5 times in
Matthew; 6 times in Mark and 5 times in Luke. At least 35 of John's references are antisemitic. The Jews are portrayed as
persecutors of Jesus (5:16). They disapprove of him (6:41); seek to murder him (7:10); are blind to his teaching (7:31); claim
that he has a demon (8:52) and stone him (8:59).
According to John's Gospel, the Jews are satanic (8:44). This has had a tremendously negative impact on the Christian
psyche. Drawing directly on John's Gospel, the Nazis incorporated the satanic image of the Jew into their antisemitic
John's Gospel abolishes what is sacred for Judaism and replaces it with "Christ". Everything that was held to be important by
"the Jews" is dismissed in John as insignificant. Christ replaces or supersedes Judaism. The Church expresses this idea
today by claiming to be the "New Israel". According to John, Christ replaces the Temple (2:18-22); the Law (5:39-40) and
Israel itself (15:1-17) -- the "vine" being a symbol of Israel (Psalm 80:8; Ezekiel 15:1-6 and Hosea 10:1). There is no room left
for Judaism as an expression of God's will.
Too often in history those who have concluded that Judaism is obsolete, have also concluded that the Jews are equally
obsolete, with tragic results. Christology is the study of the nature of "Christ". In Johannine Christology, Christ is portrayed as
a divine man who fulfills prophesy and reveals God in his own flesh. This was and still remains, pure anathema to Jews. From
a Jewish perspective the Johannine god-man vision of Christ is a repulsive paganism. By virtue of their innate inability to
accept such a vision of the Messiah, Jews are automatically condemned by Johannine Christology. It is inherently antisemitic.
John goes out of his way to distort history [“distort history”?! the story of Jesus is myth, fiction, fantasy] and involve the Jews in
the death of Jesus. He introduces two Jewish trials of Jesus (18:13 and 24), in contrast to the single Jewish trial in the
Synoptic Gospels. The Jews are unfairly portrayed as the moving force behind the crucifixion (18:35) - Pilate's words
focusing attention on the Jews. Pilate, who in reality was both efficient and brutally cruel, is portrayed as an incompetent
administrator who is manipulated by the Jews (19:12-13). Pilate even speaks against the Jews in Jesus's defense (18:38).
The Jews are directly implicated in the crucifixion of Jesus (19:16; 21 and 31). John here lays the foundation for the later
Christian accusation of Jewish decide.
No one should need reminding of the tragic consequences for Jews generally throughout history of their being labeled as
"Christ killers", [i.e., crucifiers of The Truth, irrational, anti-Christ (anti-Logos/Logic), Devils, Slanderers & Moneylovers].
"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and
despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."
The Pharisees (Jews), who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.