|Historically, the Yemenites
had no belief in a figure named Yehoshuah or Yeshua or Jesus as any type of Messiah.
This belief or endorsement was NEVER found amongst them. In addition, differing beliefs about the identity of the messiah - in terms of potential candidates - proved problematic and sometimes disastrous during the long history of Yemen.
The same is true of the traditional and historical account of tastudents of RMb"M. There was never any official (or unofficial) recognition of any messianic candidate or person named Yehoshuah (or Jesus)!
In addition, references in the early early Talmud that did refer to potential Messianic, candidates (although never Jesus) did not constitute "official" endorsement or recognition at all. None of them referred to the Jesus (in question) in this way (if at all) - because he clearly did not meet the extant, required criteria expected of a messianic candidate. Of course, many other people named Yehoshuah are mentioned throughout the writings - during a variety of time periods.
No RMb"M din or individual person (or anyone else) COULD ever declare someone to be the Messiah (authoritatively)--even if he were to unequivocally meet the Torah criteria recorded in the Hibor (Mishneh Torah). If a person appears to have met the Messianic criteria described in the Hibur (for a potential candidate), we still have the major problem of a missing Sanhedrin (and arguably a Prophet) - that must be present to OFFICIALLY recognize the Messiah --as recorded in Hilkhoth Sanhedrin and Mamrim. The power of one din is irrelevant for any type of official recognition in this area.
If a sect arises in today's times that pretends to make OFFICIAL or AUTHORITATIVE Messianic claims, statements or endorsements about Messianic identities in the name of Torath Moshe, they obviously have nothing to do with Torah. The Judaism of the great court categorically denied this possibility (over one thousand five hundred years ago) - as documented in RMb"M's legal code. This code documents and outlines the entire, authoritative legal system of the Sanhedrin.
Regarding verses that some non-Jews believe point to negative references to "Jesus" in our Talmud, this is based on intentionally perpetuated myths and false misunderstandings. Point by point, Mr. Gil Student has done an excellent job of addressing and refuting so-called references of "Jesus" in our Talmud --usually made by the ignorant . Although I am not sure what version he used for this study, the points are spot-on. Here is the link: http://www.angelfire.com/mt/talmud/jesusnarr.html . Again, this can't possibly be the same person being referred to in Christian scriptures, for a number of reasons, many of which have to do with time (ie: they lived in the wrong time periods).
The most important thing is that all non-Jews are still bound by the seven Noahide laws. One of these laws (which was punishable by death) included the prohibition against Idolatry, which excludes TRI-theism, god incarnate or other concepts of "logos/pantheon".
But the law itself is clear. Since the time of the last Great Court, no din has the AUTHORITY to officially recognize or endorse ANYONE as THE Messiah or King anyway. Any individual can believe someone to be a Messianic candidate. That is something else.
Hopefully, this should dispel revisionist myths that are currently circulating on the web by Encyclopedia groups who are just aching to rewrite the history and dogma of the Jews to suit their agenda.
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