As one who continuously examines the reasons why resistance to Yeshua in the Jewish community is as strong as ever we must also be willing to go back to the original players in this 2000 year drama. After the events surrounding the execution of Yeshua occurred, the New Testament, Antiquities of Josephus, and the Talmud were codified. The New Testament was compiled using the recall of events including the Life of Yeshua and the travels of Rabbi Saul/Apostle Paul and the other Apostles. The New Testament writers use the Tenakh/Old Testament to prove their argument that Yeshua is the Messiah. Josephus illustrates Jewish history and the politics that were at play between Israel and Gentile nations. The Talmud codified rabbinical Judaism after it became impossible for the worlds scattered Jews to practice biblical Judaism. The Talmud also included a rabbinical response to the claims made by the New Testament authors and contemporary Church leaders. In addition, nearly 2000 years have passed with large Jewish communities living in a Christian-professing Europe. This history was largely disastrous for the Jewish community. The Jews suffered at the hands of the Orthodox Byzantines, Roman Catholics, Crusaders, the Spanish, German Lutherans, Russians, Poles, and Nazi’s.
Around 2000 years ago, one person more than any other was responsible, and insured that generations of Jews could not accept the claims of Yeshua of Nazareth. That person was Joseph Caiaphas. To be sure, before Caiaphas the High Priest grew to dislike Yeshua, Yeshua already had many enemies in Galilee and in the south at Judea. In Nazareth, where he was raised, Yeshua was thrust out of town for applying Isaiah 61 to himself. Scribes and Pharisees who left Jerusalem to encounter him at a synagogue in Capernaum, considered Yeshua possessed. Another time in Nazareth, the people had no faith in him. After being invited to dinner at a Pharisee’s house with scholars of the Torah, they felt insulted when Yeshua rebuked them publically. Herod Antipas wanted to kill Yeshua. A group of Jews in Jerusalem wanted to stone him for saying he is One with the Father. The Jewish merchants outside the Temple were angry with Yeshua after he disrupted their commerce, and Scribes and Pharisees in the Temple were angered after Yeshua accused them of being hypocrites. For sure, all of this negativity got back to Caiaphas. However, all the accolades about miracles, people being healed, and masses of people following him and hailing him as Yeshua Ben David also reached the seat of Jewish religious power. Therefore, before the trial Caiaphas had to weigh between the negatives and the throngs of Jews that were following him. Continue reading