"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Matthew relates the trial scene:

“And they that had laid hold on Jes-s led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. … Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of G-d, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jes-s held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living G-d, that thou tell us whether thou be the Chr-st the Son of G-d. Jes-s saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; … Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Chr-st, Who is he that smote thee? … When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the governor.” (Matthew 26:57,59-67; 27:1,2 King James Version (KJV))

 

Mark’s account of the trial scene (Mark 14, 15:1) is substantially identical with Matthew’s.

 

Luke records the scene entirely different. To get the connection, here are a few verses offered in connection with the story of the “denial.”

 

“But a certain maid beheld him [Peter] as he sat by the fire, and said,” etc. “And he denied,” etc. “And … the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. … And the men that held Jes-s mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him. And as soon as it was day the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, Art thou the Chr-st? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you ye will not believe. And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of G-d. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of G-d? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth. And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.” (Luke 22:56-71; 23:1)

 

John gives a still different account of the scene:

“Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jes-s, and bound him, And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. The high priest then asked Jes-s of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jes-s answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I said unto them: behold, they know what I said. And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jes-s with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me? Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.” (John 18:12-13, 19-24)

 

The first two [unknown] authors called Matthew and Mark, practically agree in their accounts of the trial:

  • It was before Caiaphas;
  • It was during the night when Jes-s was captured;
  • False witnesses testified;
  • Jes-s made statements which were considered blasphemous, and was judged worthy of death;
  • and on the next morning he was carried before the Roman governor, Pilate.

 

But Luke completely discredits the reports of Matthew and Mark. For Luke makes it plain that there was no trial during the night; Jes-s passed the night in the courtyard with his guard and Peter; and the next morning, “as soon as it was day,” the council assembled, “and they led him into their council.” The proceedings are related with some minor differences, of which only one need be noticed. The high priest asked Jesus: “Art thou the Chr-st? … And Jes-s said, “I am” (Mark 14:61-62); but Luke says that Jesus replied: “If I tell you, ye will not believe” (Luke 22:67). John says that Jes-s was first taken to Annas, at whose house some proceedings and one of Peter’s denials seem to have taken place; then “Annas sent [Jes-s] bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.” Whether by night or day does not appear.

 

After the proceedings before Caiaphas, Jes-s was taken to Pilate for final sentence. There are many variants in the four records of the proceedings before Pilate.  Luke represents the proceedings before Pilate as held in the presence of the accusers of Jes-s: “And led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him. … And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. … And Pilate … said unto them … behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof you accuse him” (Luke 23: 1-2,10,13-14; cf. Matthew 27:12-14; Mark 15:1-4). But John declares that the hearing before Pilate was ex parte, without witnesses or accusers present: “Then led they Jes-s from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled. … Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? … Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jes-s” (John 18: 28, 29, 33). Pilate said to the Jews: “Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death” (John 18:31). A little later, “the Jews answered him, we have a law, and by our law he ought to die” (John 19:7).

 

“I wash my hands of His blood,” Pilate said at last, actually dipping his hands into a basin of water.

 

The real, the historical Pontius Pilate was arrogant and despotic. He hated the Jews and never delegated any authority to them. However, in xtian mythology, he is portrayed as a concerned ruler who distanced himself from the accusations against Jes-s and who was coerced into obeying the demands of the Jews. Pontius Pilate was singularly crass in his treatment of the Jews, offending them repeatedly. He was spiteful, unjust, greedy and indiscreet. As soon as he was appointed, he carried Roman standards bearing the image of Caesar into Jerusalem, and possibly into the temple, knowing the Jews would have been incensed. He took the temple treasure to build an aqueduct into the city, an action that one might have thought would be welcomed—but the Jews put G-d before any beneficent actions of the foreigner. He strongly favored the Priestly Party of the Sadducees—disliked by the masses—and its leaders, the Annas family.

 

According to xtian mythology, every Passover, the Jews would ask Pilate to free any one criminal they chose. This is of course a blatant lie. We never had a custom of freeing guilty criminals at Passover or any other time of the year. According the myth, Pilate gave the Jews the choice of freeing Jes-s the Chr-st or a murderer named Jesus Barabbas. The Jews are alleged to have enthusiastically chosen Jesus Barabbas. This story is a vicious anti-Semitic lie, one of many such lies found in the xtian book (largely written by anti-Semites). What is particularly disgusting about this rubbish story is that it is apparently a distortion of an earlier story which claimed that the Jews demanded that Jes-s be set free. The name “Barabbas” is simply the Greek form of the Aramaic “bar Abba” which means “son of the Father.” Thus “Jesus Barabbas” originally meant “Jes-s the son of the Father;” in other words, the usual xtian Jes-s. When the earlier story claimed that the Jews wanted Jesus Barabbas to be set free it was referring to the usual Jes-s. Somebody distorted the story by claiming that Jesus Barabbas was a different person to Jes-s and this fooled the Roman and Greek xtians who did not know the meaning of the name “Barabbas.”

 

Luke writes in chapter 26 that Jes-s was taken in the middle of the night to the home of Caiaphas for questioning. Frustrated at Jes-s’ answers to their questions as to whether or not he claimed to be the Messiah, the scribes and priests hit Jes-s in the face and spit on him in disgust. There are several problems with this gospel account: Jes-s’ entry into Jerusalem, if he entered at all, was probably during the Feast of the Tabernacles, not Passover. (the palm leaves strewn in front of Jes-s as he entered Jerusalem would not have been in bloom during Passover) The Sanhedrin would not have met during the eight-day festival for any reason.

The Elders of the Sanhedrin would no more strike or spit on an accused person, than would the Supreme Court of the U.S. hearing a case! Luke’s account is completely out-of-context and shows remarkable ignorance as to the machinations of Jewish Law.

 

If the gospel of John is to be the authority, this account disagrees with the synopticists since the High Priest Caiaphas interrogates Jes-s alone and charges him with sedition, not blasphemy, as the synoptic Gospels allege. Clearly, the pseudipigraphical author of John is not as ignorant of Jewish Law as are the synopticists because his account is in context with the findings thus far revealed. If Jes-s were charged with sedition, then a gathering of the Sanhedrin would not be necessary; the affair would be preliminarily investigated by the High Priest before turning the matter over to the Roman authorities. Caiaphas would not wish to involve the Sanhedrin if Jes-s really was seditious.

 

Further complicating any possible truth in the gospel accounts is the motivations and actions of the Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate, to whom Jes-s was brought by the High Priest. Jes-s was handed over to Pilate and accused of sedition. Pilate personally questions Jes-s asking him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jes-s replies “I am.” For some reason, the priests are said to go on “heaping accusations” against Jes-s despite the fact that his sedition was clearly established by Jes-s himself. Even stranger still, Pilate seems to not even care that Jes-s claims to be the King of the Jews and Pilate “wonders” if Jesus is dangerous. (Mark 15:1-5) Either the author of Mark is blatantly ignorant of the facts or spinning a good yarn for the sake of his overall story.

 

The authors of the world’s greatest fairy tale go to great lengths to defame the Jews and falsely accuse the Sanhedrin of condemning the fictional Jes-s to death. This just proves their ignorance of all things Jewish.

 

Let us look at the laws of a Jewish Sanhedrin which judged capital cases. The sources are Talmud tractate Sanhedrin and Miamonides Laws of Judges:

 

  • No capital cases were allowed to be tried outside the court chamber in the Temple, certainly not in a private home. Forty years before the destruction of the Temple the Sanhedrin was exiled from the chamber of hewn Stone and from that point on ceased ruling on capital cases as well as on monetary cases involving fines;
  • No capital cases were tried at night; nor on the festival; nor the eve of a festival, as the guilty party had to be put to death the following day and executions were not allowed on Sabbath or festivals.. Anyone arrested on the eve of Sabbath or a festival was held in custody till after the Sabbath or holiday and then tried;
  • No defendant can be convicted on his own testimony or confession; and
  •  No defendant can be convicted unless he was warned by two qualified witnesses and then within seconds of the warning he ignored the warning and committed that sin which he was warned not to commit.

 

Then we have the question of what sin was Jes-s accused. Was he a blasphemer or was he a Maysit U Maydeeach ― one who persuades a Jew to worship idols? To be a blasphemer one must curse G-d using the ineffable name, which he did not do. Thus one more flaw in the fairy tale.

 

We also must discuss the issue of a Jew who turns over another Jew to gentile authorities to be killed. One who does this is called a mosair ― an informer and is punished by death. So any Sanhedrin that turned a Jew over to the Romans was signing their own death warrant.

 

Last but not least one must know that Sanhedrin had only four prescribed methods of execution and crucifixion was not one of them! Regarding crucifixion, most historians agree that that the Romans tied their victims to the cross and did not use nails. Once an accused was convicted, the Sanhedrin then sent out messengers for 40 days to announce that so-and-so was convicted of such-and-such crime and sentenced to be executed. During that time witnesses who had proof of the accused’s innocence were allowed to come forward to testify

 

According to Jewish law, convicting someone of a capital crime requires a Sanhedrin of 23 judges. After hearing testimony from eye-witnesses, the judges vote. If at least thirteen of the judges vote “guilty” the defendant is executed.

 

There is a surprising exception to this; however if ALL the judges vote guilty, then the defendant is acquitted. Here is why: There are two ways to look at everything. There is no situation in this world without some merit or positive side. If not one judge was able to see the good side and declare the defendant innocent, something is wrong. The positive side of the case must have been missing during the presentation of the evidence. Therefore, he is acquitted. In reality, the Sanhedrin RARELY gave anyone the death penalty. According to Jewish law, it is very difficult to do.

 

The Jewish Historian Rabbi Shlomo Rottenberg wrotes in his book Toldot Am Olam that Jes-s of Nazareth never existed.  The fictional Jes-s was borrowed from Yeshua Ben Satda who was born in the Jewish year 3671 or 81 BCE. His mother was Miriam the hair dresser and her husband was Satda. Miriam became pregnant with her son Yeshua from a Roman centurion named Pandera. Thus Yeshua lived in the time of the Hasmonean King, John – Hurkenos and was a student of Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Perachiya and escaped with him to Egypt where Yeshua delved into sorcery. In the end Ben Satda tried to seduce people to worship idols so he was a maysit U Maydeeach and a sorcerer, all three offenses were  punishable by stoning. He, Yeshua Ben Satda, was indeed stoned. He was not crucified, but hung after his death as proscribed by Jewish Law for an idol worshiper. However Yeshua Ben Satda’s body was removed before sundown.

 

One hundred years later the fairy tale was created primarily by Paul based on the life of Yeshua Ben Satda. Along came other writings by persons unknown, with age-old mythical details thrown into the mix; such as virgin birth; wine-to-water miracle; resurrection and more. All of this mix was later manipulated, as needed, by early church fathers, copyists and editors. But the piece de resistance” was the abolition of Jewish Law to make the fiction more palatable to the pagans.

ANYONE who believes the fictional tale of the trial and crucifixion that never took place; they deserve the fictional characters called Santa, the Easter Bunny and Jes-s.

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