Jewish sources avoid the Greek name "Jesus", meaning 'savior', and abbreviate Jeschua to "Jeshu' which means "may his name be blotted out!"
“The Jews did kill Christ. I’d fuckin do it again. I’d do it again in a second.” ~ Sarah Silverman, Jewish “comic”
He is also referred to as the “Messenger” and the “Prophet” but, perhaps above all else, as the “Word” and the “Spirit” of God. No other prophet in the Quran, not even Muhammad, is given this particular honour.In fact, among the 124,000 prophets said to be recognized by Islam ~ a figure that includes all of the Jewish prophets of the Old Testament ~ Jesus is considered second only to Muhammad, and is believed to be the precursor to the Prophet of Islam.
ED: in the Talmud, Mary, now burning in Hell, is spoken of thusly:Sanhedrin 106a . Says Jesus' mother was a whore: "She who was the descendant of princes and governors played the harlot with carpenters."Also in footnote #2 to Shabbath 104b of the Soncino edition, it is stated that in the "uncensored" text of the Talmud it is written that Jesus mother, "Miriam the hairdresser," had sex with many men.
This is the orthodox Islamic position and, paradoxically, as Seyyed Hossein Nasr notes in The Heart of Islam, “respect for such teachings is so strong among Muslims that today, in interreligious dialogues with Christians . . . Muslims are often left defending traditional . . . Christian doctrines such as the miraculous birth of Christ before modernist interpreters would reduce them to metaphors.”
With Christianity and Islam so intricately linked, it might make sense for Muslim communities across Europe, harassed, harangued and often under siege, to do more to stress this common religious heritage, and especially the shared love for Jesus and Mary.
And make mention of Mary in the Scripture, when she had withdrawn from her people to a chamber looking East,
And had chosen seclusion from them. Then We sent unto her Our Spirit and it assumed for her the likeness of a perfect man.
She said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from thee, if thou art God-fearing.
He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son.
She said: How can I have a son when no mortal hath touched me, neither have I been unchaste?
He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me. And (it will be) that We may make of him a revelation for mankind and a mercy from Us, and it is a thing ordained.
Do not say, “Three” ~ Cease! That is better for you. God is one God. Glory be to Him, [high exalted is He] above having a son. ~ Quran 4:171
And when God will say: “O Jesus, son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as gods besides God’?” he will say, “Glory be to You, it was not for me to say what I had no right [to say]! If I had said it, You would have known it. ~ Quran 5:116
Muslims claim the Muslim Jesus is the historical Jesus, stripped of a later, man-made “Christology”: “Jesus as he might have been without St Paul or St Augustine or the Council of Nicaea”, to quote the Cambridge academic John Casey.
“Islam is a moral and intellectual acknowledgement of the lordship of God without the encumbrance of Christian mythological baggage.
That is why Christianity will decline in the next millennium, and the religious hunger of the human heart will be answered by the Crescent, not the Cross.”
This might be anathema to evangelical Christians ~ especially in the US, where populist preachers such as Franklin Graham see Islam as a “very evil and wicked religion” ~ but, as Khalidi points out,
“While the Jewish tradition by and large rejects Jesus, the Islamic tradition, especially Sufi or mystical Islam, constructs a place for him at the very centre of its devotions.”
“We, too, in our own way should celebrate the birth of Jesus . . . [because] he is so special to us,” says Mogra. “But I think each religious community has distinct celebrations, so Muslims will celebrate their own and Christians their own.”
“We don’t have to fight over Jesus. He is special for Christians and Muslims. He is bigger than life. We can share him.”
Behold! the angels said: “O Maryam! Allah has chosen you and purified you- chosen you above the women of all nations.
Behold! The angels said: “O Maryam! Allah gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Massihu Isa (Christ Jesus), the son of Maryam, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah;
She said: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?” He said: “Even so: Allah created what He willed: When He has decreed a plan, He but said to it, ‘Be,’ and it is! ~ [Al Qur'an - Surah Al Imran (003:042-047)]
“The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: “Be”. And he was.” ~ [Al Qur'an - Surah Al Imran (003:059)]
JESUS IN THE TALMUD
1) He and his disciples practiced sorcery and black magic, led Jews astray into idolatry, and were sponsored by foreign, gentile powers for the purpose of subverting Jewish worship (Sanhedrin 43a).2) He was sexually immoral, worshipped statues of stone (a brick is mentioned), was cut off from the Jewish people for his wickedness, and refused to repent (Sanhedrin 107b; Sotah 47a).3) He learned witchcraft in Egypt and, to perform miracles, used procedures that involved cutting his flesh, which is also explicitly banned in the Bible (Shabbos 104b).
Gittin 57a. Says Jesus is in hell, being boiled in "hot excrement."Sanhedrin 43a. Says Jesus ("Yeshu" and in Soncino footnote #6, Yeshu "the Nazarene") was executed because he practiced sorcery: "It is taught that on the eve of Passover Jesus was hung, and forty days before this the proclamation was made: Jesus is to be stoned to death because he has practiced sorcery and has lured the people to idolatry...He was an enticer and of such thou shalt not pity or condone."
"The elders were once sitting in the gate when two young lads passed by; one covered his head and the other uncovered his head. Of him who uncovered his head Rabbi Eliezer remarked that he is a bastard. Rabbi Joshua remarked that he is the son of a niddah (a child conceived during a woman's menstrual period). Rabbi Akiba said that he is both a bastard and a son of a niddah."They said, 'What induced you to contradict the opinion of your colleagues?' He replied, "I will prove it concerning him." He went to the lad's mother and found her sitting in the market selling beans."He said to her, 'My daughter, if you will answer the question I will put to you, I will bring you to the world to come.' (Eternal life). She said to him, 'Swear it to me.'"Rabbi Akiba, taking the oath with his lips but annulling it in his heart, said to her, 'What is the status of your son?' She replied, 'When I entered the bridal chamber I was niddah (menstruating) and my husband kept away from me; but my best man had intercourse with me and this son was born to me.' Consequently the child was both a bastard and the son of a niddah."It was declared, '..Blessed be the God of Israel Who Revealed His Secret to Rabbi Akiba..."
The Rabbis are greater than the prophets". ~ Baba Bathra, 12a,p.59