[Milton-L] Re-send of question re Judaism

Alan Rudrum rudrum at shaw.ca
Tue Jul 25 10:37:28 EDT 2006

I am re-sending this question, which has had few responses and very few 
from Jewish scholars.  The question has a Miltonic bearing which will 
become apparent if my brain-cells live long enough.  If you don't get 
the joke in the last line of the message, you may not be qualified to 


At my age I need to know which kind of cleric to ask for when I hit the 
Emergency Ward, so I am trying to figure out the differences between 
Christianity and Judaism.  There are some large academic tomes on my 
desk, but we are in the midst of a heat wave.

I have what strikes me as a low-level but not entirely useless work 
called Jewish Literacy by Joseph Telushkin, and he says there are three 
innovative teachings of Jesus diametrically opposed to Jewish teachings:

1. Jesus forgives all sins

2. Judaism does not demand that one love one's enemies.

3. Jesus' claim that people can come to God only through him.

All three on pages 128-129

I suspect that the first and third are claims of the 
gospel-writer/editors rather than claims of Jesus - I have yet to be 
convinced of the historical accuracy of the gospels, which are 
"fanciful" according to one Jewish scholar and theological rather than 
historical according to a good many Christian commentators, but I should 
like to know if the second statement by Telushkin is correct.

Is there anything in the Hebrew scriptures which suggests that we should 
forgive our enemies?

Naturally, I expect you to write your response while standing on one leg.

Alan Rudrum
Professor Emeritus
Department of English
Simon Fraser University


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