The Historic Truth About The Crucifixion - The Witness of the Talmud

The Talmud is a holy book for the Jews. We read in its Amsterdam Edition of 1943, page 42, that: “Jesus who was called Christ was crucified on the evening of the Passover.”

The Testimony of the Old Testament Prophesies

In the following passages you will find that there are 48 prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the death of Christ on the cross, all which were literally fulfilled.

Christ’s heel bruised.

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her see; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his hell.” (Genesis 3:15)

Where they crucified him, and two others with him, one on either side, and Jesus in the midst.  (John 19:18)

None of His bones were broken.

“They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it.” (Number 9:12)

“The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was on high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.  Then came the soldiers, and break the legs of the first, and the other, which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they break not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came blood and water.  And he that saw it bare record and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.  For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.” (John 19: 31- 36)

The serpent lifted up.

“And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”  (Numbers 21:9)

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.”  (John 3:14)

Conspiracy against Christ.

“Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1 –3)

“Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” (Acts 4:24 –28)

His body will not see corruption.

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  (Psalm 16:10)

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.” (Acts 2:31)

Forsaken by God.

“My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”  (Psalm 22:1)

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabaachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

The mocking of the Crucified.

“All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.  And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads.” (Psalm 22:7-8)

“And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads… He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him nowif He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God” (Matt. 27:39, 43)

The bulls of Bashan (Jews) were against Him.

“Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.  They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.” (Psalm 22:12-13)

“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” (Acts 2:22-23)

His agony on the cross.

“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint,  my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” (John 19:34)

“But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” (John 19:34)

His severe thirst.

“My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.” (Psalm 22:15)

“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” (John 19:28)

For dogs (Gentiles) compassed Him.

“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” (Psalm 22:16)

“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying’ Hail, King of the Jews!’”

His pierced hands and feet.

“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and feet.” (Psalm 22:16)

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand,, and the other on the left.” (Luke 23:33)

They stared upon Him.

“I can count all my bones. They look and stare at Me” (Ps. 22:17)

“And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves.”  (Psalm 22:17)

“And the people stood beholding.  And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.” (Luke 23:35)

Casting lot on His garment.

“They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” (Psalm 22:18)

“Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.  They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, ‘They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.’ These things therefore the soldiers did.” (John 19:23-24)

Mission accomplished

“It is finished...” “They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.” (Psalm 22:31)

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar; He said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30)

Committal of His Spirit

“Into thine hand I commit my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me O, Lord God of truth.” (Psalm 31:5)

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30)

His acquaintance forsook Him.

“I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.” (Psalm 31:11)

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?  I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.  And they all forsook him, and fled.” (Mark 14:48-50)

False witnesses were against Him.

“False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.  They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.” (Psalm 35:11-12)

“Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death.” (Matthew 26:59)

Hated Him without a cause.

“Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.” (Psalm 35:19)

“But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” (John 15:25)

He opened not His mouth.

“But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.  Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.” (Psalm 38:13-14)

“And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? Behold how many things they witness against thee.  But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marveled.” (Mark 15:4-5)

Betrayed by His friend.

“Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.” (Psalm 41:9)

“I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread, with me hath lifted  up his heel against me.” (John 13:18)

Given Vinegar in His thirst.

“They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” (Psalm 69:21)

“They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.” (Matthew 27:34)

The end of those who have betrayed Him.

“Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.” (Psalm 69:25)

“For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another take.  Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from  us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.  And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.” (Acts 1:20-23)

His intercession for His enemies.

“For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.” (Psalm 109:4)

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.  And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” (Luke 23:34)

They substituted His love for hate.

“For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.” (Psalm 109:4-5)

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11)

He was ridiculed.

“I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shacked their heads.” (Psalm 109:25)

Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. (Matthew 22:4)

The Plowers plowed upon His back.

“A song of degrees.  Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.   The plowers  plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.” (Psalm 129:1-3)

“Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.” (Matthew 27:26)

Gave His back to the smiters.

“The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.  I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:5-6)

“Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.” (Matthew 27:26)

The suffering of Christ on the cross.

“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.” (Isaiah 52:13)

“And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe and when they had platted a crown of thorns. They put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.  And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.” (Matthew 27:27-31)

The news about the substitutionary death is too good to be true.

“Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1)

“But though He had done so many miracles before them, yet they believe not on Him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which He spoke, Lord, who hath believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart and be converted, and I should heal them.” (John 12:37-40)

Despised and rejected of men.

“He is despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him: he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3)

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (John 1:11)

He was wounded for our transgression.

“Surely he hath borne our grief’s, and carried our sorrows:

yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." (Isaiah 53:4)

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Led as a lamb to the slaughter.

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

“The place of the scripture which he read was this, ‘He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth.’ And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, ‘I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? Of himself, or of some other man?’ Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.” (Acts 8:32-35)

He opened not His mouth.

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

Then said  Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marveled greatly.” (Matthew 27:13_14)

Falsely accused.

“He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.” (Isaiah 53:8)

“And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.  And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.” (Matthew 27:11-12)

Made His grave with the wicked.

“And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9)

“Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.” (Matthew 27:38)

He did no wrong.

“And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9)

“Pilate saith unto them, ‘What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?  ‘They all say unto him,’ Let him be crucified.’ And the governor said, ‘Why, what evil hath he done?’ But they cried out the more, saying, ‘Let him be crucified.’ When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.  ‘Then answered all the people, and said, ‘His blood be on us, and on our children’. (Matthew 27:22-25)

His soul was made an offering for sin.

“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10)

“He that spared not his own  Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

He shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.

“He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11)

“Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:18-19)

He was numbered with the transgressors.

“Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bares the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)

“And with him they crucified two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.  And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, ‘and he was numbered with the transgressors\’.” (Mare 15-027-28)

He bore the sin of many.

“Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation,.”  (Hebrews 9:28)

He made intercession for the wicked.

“Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.  And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” (Luke 23:33-34)

The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself.

“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”  (Daniel 9:26)

“Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.” (John 18:14)

Darkness at noon.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.” (Amos 8:9)

“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.” (Matthew 27:45)

Sold with thirty pieces of silver.

“And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them.  And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.” (Zechariah 11:13)

“And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?  And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.” (Matthew 26:15)

Purchase of the potters field.

“And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them.  And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.” (Zechariah 11:13)

“Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, ‘I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.’ And they said, What is that to us?  See thou to that.’  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.  And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, ‘It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.'  ‘And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.  Wherefore that field was called the field of blood, unto this day.  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.” (Matthew 27:3-10)

Pierced in His side.

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace, and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zachariah 12:10)

“But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.  And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, “A bone of him shall not be broken.’ And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they have pierced.: (John 19:34-37)

Desertion by His disciples.

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.” (Zechariah 13:7)

“Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.” (Matthew 26:31)