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 darkness.
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
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Too often in history those who have concluded that Judaism is obsolete, have also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].
by TOM MACABI edited by Raquel Baranow
"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