“Woe to You, Hypocrites! Murders of the Prophets!” – Rabbi Tovia Singer Responds

Many historians trace 2,000 years of anti-Jewish persecution directly back to certain pronouncements placed in the mouth of Jesus by the authors of the New Testament. Although the Church widely considers the Gospel of Matthew to be the “most Jewish” of the Gospels, it contains some of the most anti-Jewish passages found in the New Testament. As Matthew’s narrative marches toward the Passion, the anti-Jewish rhetoric increases. We are told in chapter 23 that Jesus launched a series of virulently hostile accusations against the Jews, which include the collective charge of despicable hypocrisy, as well as direct culpability for the murder of the Prophets and all the innocent victims found in Scripture. These serious indictments were not just charged against those in his audience. Rather, they were launched against all Jews collectively, of all generations.

Consequently, these and other passages in the New Testament stereotyped the Jewish people for all time as an icon of unredeemed humanity: the image of a blind, stubborn, carnal and perverse nation. This dehumanization, no doubt, is the vehicle that formed the psychological prerequisite to the Church’s unrelenting atrocities against Jewish communities centuries later.

In this eye-opening broadcast Rabbi Tovia Singer examines the most serious charges found in Matthew 23 in light of the evangelist’s troubling Passion Narrative.

About The Author
- Rabbi Tovia Singer is well known as the Founder and Director of Outreach Judaism, an international organization dedicated to countering the efforts of fundamentalist Christian groups and cults who specifically target Jews for conversion. As a world renowned public speaker, Rabbi Singer addresses more than 100 audiences a year. Through his stimulating and provocative appearances, Rabbi Singer has been an inspiration to thousands. Lecturing on college campuses and synagogues throughout the country has become an integral part of his work. He is the author of the book Let’s Get Biblical: Why Doesn’t Judaism Accept the Christian Messiah?”, and is a frequent guest on Television and radio shows.

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