A blog about the life & times of Jorge Bergoglio (aka Francis)
Monday, October 10, 2016
Benedict XVI’s favorite rabbi and ‘dialogue’ partner is dead
Benedict XVI’s friend Rabbi Jacob Neusner died on 8 October 2016. It was said of Neusner that he was the most prolific Talmudic author since Maimonides. Their friendship began in 1993 after Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) read the short book, ‘A Rabbi talks with Jesus’ by Neusner and wrote him about it. In 2008 after 15 years of exchanging letters the two finally met when Benedict XVI visited the United States of America. This meeting took place after Benedict XVI read a Passover greeting to rabbinical leaders whom had assembled to meet him. Benedict XVI said a ‘A Rabbi talks with Jesus’ was “by far the most important book for the Jewish-Christian dialogue in the last decade.” And yes, Jacob Neusner was also Benedict XVI’s guest at the Vatican. Below are excerpts from some of the works of Rabbi Neusner, the man Benedict XVI esteemed, which show Talmudic Judaism for the fraud it is.