Monday, December 13, 2010

The Devil's Puzzle, Part I.

What's Puzzling you is the nature of my game...

- Sympathy for the Devil, by the Rolling Stones

Part I. The Talmud and 'a certain Galilean'


QUESTION: Who is 'a certain Galilean'?

1st Mention: “The Judaeans … were exact in their language … but the Galileans … were not exact in their language … A certain Galilean once went about enquiring, ‘Who has amar?’ ‘Foolish Galilean’, they said to him, ‘do you mean an ‘ass’ for riding (hamar), ‘wine’ to drink (hamar), ‘wool’ for clothing (amar), or a ‘lamb’ for killing (amar)?’”

- Erubin 53a - 53b

Christian Burning of the Talmud

2nd Mention: Alternatively, what is andifa? The lock on the forehead. Even as a certain Galilean chanced to visit Babylon and was requested to lecture on the chariot passage. He said to them, 'I will lecture to you as R. Nehemiah lectured to his companions.' Thereupon a wasp came out of the wall and stung him on the andifa (forehead) and he died. Said they. 'This befell him through his own fault.'

- Shabbath 80b

3rd Mention: What is mashkokith? - Here they explained it: 'The bell'. R. Jacob, however, said: 'The goat that leads the herd.' So too a certain Galilean in one of his discourses before R. Hisda [said] that when the shepherd becomes angry with his flock he appoints for a leader one which is blind.

- Baba Kamma 52a

4th Mention: A certain Galilean lectured before R. Hisda: 'Blessed be the Merciful One who gave a three-fold Torah to a three-fold people through a third-born on the third day in the third month.' With whom does this agree? With the Rabbis.

- Shabbath 88a

A Good, God-Fearing Talmudic Institute

4th Mention: As a certain Galilean lectured before R. Hisda: 'The Holy One, blessed be He, said: I put a rebi'ith of blood in you; therefore I commanded you concerning blood.'

- Shabbath 31b

5th Mention: A certain Galilean expounded before R. Hisda: 'If one should make an analogy in respect of Elijah, what does this matter resemble? A man who locked his gate and lost the key.' R. Jose taught in Sepphoris: Father Elijah.

- Sanhedrin 113a

ANSWER: Rabbi Joshua ben Joseph the Messiah of Nazareth (Jesus Christ)

The Joshua (Jesus) Talmud

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus

Jason Nicholas Korning

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