Hugh Fogelman


In a passage from Jeremiah (chapter 31, verse 15), crying is heard in Ramah, and Rachel is mourning her lost children. But in the very next verse (verse 16), God ― Hashem/Adonai etc, the Hebrew "Invisible Friend in the Sky" ― tells Rachel to stop crying and start rejoicing because her children are not dead, but are coming home out of captivity. Instead of being a passage of lamentation, this is one of rejoicing. As usual the unknown New Testament author of Matthew (Matthew 2:17-18) takes this verse and twists it into an opposite meaning, and then tries to relate it to the Christian man-god Jesus ― another "Invisible Friend in the Sky." 


The author of Matthew tries to prove that Jesus was the Jewish prophesied messiah. Concocting the life story of Jesus, Matthew scoured the Hebrew bible for any verses which might be construed as a prophecy about the coming messiah of the Hebrews.  Matthew made sure that his Jesus story included some sort of prophecy-fulfillment fourteen times in this gospel. Most of those times, the author misquoted, took verses out of context, misinterpreted or simply made them up. Funny, but no one ever stops to think that the Jewish messiah has not materialized in over 3,320 years since this concept was invented; nor has the Christian Jesus turned up in the past 20 centuries. Duhhhh! It is all imaginary!

For example, the author of "Matthew" claims that the wailing of the mothers of the children murdered by King Herod was foreshadowed hundreds of years earlier in events described in the book of Jeremiah. The Jeremiah story had nothing whatever to do with an evil king and murdered children ― Matthew was mistaken. Reading the entire Rachel Passage in Jeremiah, clearly shows that it is about Hope and Joy.


Jeremiah speaks of the Jews who had been scattered abroad during the Diaspora (exile), figuratively referring to the land of Israel as Rachel weeping in the town of Ramah for her children. But, the Lord tells Rachel to dry her tears and rejoice at his promise that Israel's children would soon be coming home out of captivity. This is what the LORD says:


Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded, declares the LORD. They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your future, declares the LORD. Your children will return to their own land." (Jeremiah 31:17)

Matthew distorts the meaning of Jeremiah verse, and takes it out of context. In telling the story about King Herod ordering the murder of all the young children of Bethlehem, he took special notice to create grieving mothers of the murdered children, an event that he apparently claimed was foretold in the book of Jeremiah. Matthew wrote:


"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem... King Herod...asked where the Christ was to be born and gave orders to kill all the children  in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under...” Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." Matthew 2:17-18

There is not the slightest connection between events described in Jeremiah and the story of Herod's slaughter reported by Matthew. In Matthew's story of Herod's murders, the children are dead and are never to return; in Jeremiah's story, the children are alive and returning to their homeland. In no way does the Jeremiah passage have anything to do with a king's murder of children, or any other event in the life of a savior in the first century CE. Furthermore, if Matthew was right, then the mothers' lamentations and cries of grief were so loud that they could be heard in the village of Ramah, twenty miles from the scene of the crime in Bethlehem. If such sounds were heard there, then surely they also were heard in Jerusalem, which lay between Bethlehem and Ramah. Was this reported in history? NO! This is not the first time Matthew made up stories.

Matthew's story is just another example of Christianity's effort to mold Jesus (god incarnate) to Hebrew bible passages, even if the pieces don't fit. Matthew just keeps pounding his square peg, trying to get it to fit the round hole. This failed attempt, one of many, to grow a messiah out of non-existent prophecy fulfillment based on a non-existent prophecy is reason enough to question not only all of Matthew, but the intelligence of the elder church fathers who decided to include his writings in their bible.

Christian apologists wishing to explain away the apparent inconsistencies between the Ramah verses in Jeremiah and Matthew will need to address the following points:


1. The alleged Herod murders supposedly occurred in Bethlehem, not twenty miles away in Ramah.

2. Jeremiah spoke of scattered Israelis of the Diaspora (exile), not murdered babies.

3. Rachel was weeping for her lost children of Israel, not her murdered children.

4. Matthew says Jeremiah foretold the grief of the mothers of Herod's murder victims.

5. Only Matthew wrote invented the Herod murders (24 words only).

6. There is no extra-canonical account of these murders. Why? It never happened; it is only fiction.


But then, unlearned Christoholics do not want to know the truth about their gospel writers. They developed their “blind faith” from  preachers telling them that all these great(?) men were “inspired by God” ― the "Invisible Man in the Sky."


Doesn’t exposing Matthew’s lie simply show the world the lies in Christianity?  YES! And being fair, doesn't believing in a cunning, walking talking snake and a giant fish tale etc show the world the lies in the Hebrew bible and Judaism? YES!


"If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank." -Woody Allen (1935 -)




Citation of Hebrew scripture and sources in articles or analyses is not in any way an acceptance, approval or validation of the Jewish religion, its works or scriptures. The Hebrew bible, like the Christian New Testament, is fictitious; From a 6-day creation of the universe; a cunning, walking, talking snake; big fish tales; world flood and an "Invisible Man in the Sky" ― it is all fiction, a bold sham perpetrated on mankind.