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IV. Jewish opinions on Jesus' miracles

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On many occasions Jewish leaders were obliged to defend themselves in disputations with Christian theologians in which the obvious and the veiled pronouncements on Jesus in the Talmud repeatedly came to the fore. When Jesus of Nazareth is regarded as an "ordinary" man, one question springs to mind immediately: by what power did He perform His many miracles? The "lawfulness" of a person's religious thought and actions is judged by what a religion professes in its lawful form adopted and recognized by the official leaders. The Talmud stigmatizes Jesus as a "seducer of the people" and a "magician". To the modern Jewish scholar, who sets out to read the Gospels as objectively as possible, Jesus was a personality who could heal or improve' the sick by suggestion, whilst in Eisler's opinion the carpenter/miracle-worker Jesus ben David believed Himself called by God as a "smith of salvation".

Keywords: Christian theologians; Eisler; Gospels; Jesus; Jewish leaders; miracles; smith of salvation; Talmud

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