Theological anti-Semitism is rampant in John, the fourth gospel; it is outright anti-Semitic.  No other NEW testament writing has as great an anti-Judaic thrust as found in John. Its attack against the individual Jew, “the Jews” and the Jewish observance of the Hebrew bible all reflect the early church’s extreme anti-Semitic stance. When confronted with the question of John’s anti-Semitism Christians do not answer, but respond with a question; “How can the gospel of John be called anti-Semitic when Jesus and his disciples were all Jews?”

The Christian pulpit deliberately fails to inform their flocks of one important fact; No one knows who wrote who wrote any of the gospels, nor when they were written. The gospel names were simply picked/chosen/assigned by the early church nor does anyone know the religion of any new testament writer.  Therefore, the Christian rebuttal question ― that Jesus’ disciples were all Jews and the gospel writers were all Jews ― is merely wishful speculation which can not be proven by any stretch of the imagination.  Also, when Christians making the false claim that all the gospel writers were Jewish, they seem to forget their own study bibles and clergy say that Luke was a Gentile,1 not Jewish. Oops, so much for the Christian “question defense” to the rampant anti-Semitism in John.


No one is able to explain the tremendous number of times (70) the term “the Jews” is used in John alone. This is especially astounding when one realizes that there are only 16 “the Jews” in all the rest of the synoptic gospels:

Mark, 6;

Matthew, 5; and

Luke, 5. 

When you study John’s cry of “the Jews,” one finds a horrible meaning embedded in that refrain.  Let us take a closer look:

Reading the book of John shows that this unknown author deliberately placed himself and those he favorably represents as separate from the Jews. Examples are:

1. The Passover of the Jews (John 2:13, 6:4, 11:55);

2.  The religious rules of the Jews about purification (John 2:6);

3.  A religious festival of the Jews (John 5:1);

4.  The Festival of Tabernacles of the Jews (John 7:2);

5.  The Day of Preparation of the Jews (John 19:42); and

6.  The way in which Jews prepare a body for burial (John 19:40).

The vast majority of the 70 instances of “the Jews express a negative picture or attitude. When talking of Jesus dealing with the Jewish populous, the unknown author of John shows his distain by simply saying “the Jews.”  This usage lumps everyone Jewish into one word. To John “the Jews” can be:

1.  The Jewish people as a whole ― men, women or children;

2.  The inhabitants of Judea and/or Galilee; or

3.  The Jewish religious leaders ― the chief priests, the scribes, and the Pharisees.

For John’s purpose it makes no difference; all are equally bad, guilty and evil! After all, the New Testament fiction says "the Jews" killed the Christian's man-god; presto, the instant invention of DEICIDE!

Remember, the unknown author of John separates Jesus and his disciples from “the Jews.” This tact encourages readers to see Jews as unfaithful and the Hebrew bible as invalid. For example, when talking to “the Jews,” John’s Jesus separates himself from them by having Jesus speak of:

1.  ”Your Law” (John 7:19, 8:17, 10:34);

2.  ”Your circumcision” (John 7:22); and

3.  Abraham is “your father” (John 8:56).

When the Jews say, “Our ancestors ate manna in the desert” (John 6:31), John’s Jesus replies, “What Moses gave you (the Jews, not “us”) was not the bread from heaven.” (John 6:32)  Later on, John had Jesus say, Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert” (John 6:49). Why didn’t John’s Jesus use the word “our” instead of “your”?  After all Jesus was supposed to be a Jew, so the proper usage would have been to say “OUR ancestors ate…”

The Gospel of John may have been written after the year 80; three generations after Jesus’ death. 

“The dating of John’s gospel is somewhat more complex with plausible dates ranging from 65 to 95. 2 “…”... evangelical scholars such as Carson, Moo, and Morris argue for a later date in the range of 80-85.” 3

It was written after the destruction of the second temple and before the 2nd major Jewish uprising (in 135 CE) when tension was very high between the Romans and Jews because the Jews caused many Roman casualties during this period of time. They were also hated by the Romans authorities because of the drain of their treasury to put down the Jewish revolts. This was the atmosphere when the unknown author of John wrote his version of Jesus’ life. Therefore, this gospel was dripping with constant criticism directed against “the Jews,” ― the entire nation of Israel.

All Jews are indiscriminately attacked in John 5:15-18, John 6:41, John 7:10-13, John 10:31, John 11:53-54, John 19:12, John 20:19. It is passages such as these that show the true target of the gospel’s malice is all off the Jews. The immediate impression conveyed by ‘the Jews’ is one of unreceptively and hostility toward Jesus.  ‘The Jews’ question and misunderstand Jesus’ words (John 2.18, 20; 6.52; 7.35; 8.22); they murmur at him (6.41); they disbelieve him (9.18; 11.37); they desire to put Jesus to death (5.16, 18; 7.1) and even attempt to do so with their own hands (8.59; 10.31; 11.8). In the book of John the enemies of Jesus are simply labeled ‘the Jews.’  This generalization ― “the Jews” shows a calculated effort by the author of John to condemn the entire Jewish people in the hearts and minds of his audience/readers.

John’s “the Jewsis part of the author’s vicious and unrelenting campaign to convince people that the Jews are followers of the Christian devil and therefore are against, not only Jesus, but also god ― the Invisible Man in the Sky. Read it directly from the horse’s mouth (John 8:44-47 King James Version):

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. 

Indeed John’s objective was achieved; that is exactly how Christians throughout Europe have understood the contents of this gospel, exactly as it was written ― reinforced by the fire of the pulpit throughout the centuries.

Just who were these “Jews” whom John described; who were these people who hated Jesus so much that they put him to death?

 Raymond E. Brown answers; in the Anchor Bible Dictionary:

“In general, the Fourth Gospel uses ‘the Jews’ as almost a technical title for the religious authorities, particularly those in Jerusalem who are hostile to Jesus. The term ‘the Jews’ often functions in John the same as the religious authorities – the Pharisees, scribes, elders, chief priests and Sadducees. ‘The Jews’ is most often restricted to mean precisely those forces in authority inimical to Jesus.”

“Nearly all biblical scholars extend the historical meaning of ‘the Jews’ to include the Jewish authorities and populace of John’s own day.  Thus, they were the enemy of Jesus; just as they were also the enemy of Rome as the author of John knows.”

Christian apologists try to hide the Jew bashing theme of the Fourth Gospel by offering that John did not “really” mean the Jews in general, therefore his references to all Jews was not really hostile. Yeah, uh huh! You can read it yourself. You do not need an apologist to explain that your eyes did not see what they saw.

Oh really? Was Martin Luther just addressing the Jewish leaders, the Jewish authorities when he viciously told his Protestant followers the method to use to get rid of the Jews?” Read Luther’s own words and then answer this for yourself:

Luther asked his Protestant Germans;What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews?” 4

·       “What shall we do with...the Jews?

          I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings...are to be taken from them.”

·       “What shall we do with...the Jews?

          I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews.”

·       “What shall we do with...the Jews?

          I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach on pain of loss of life and limb.”

·       “What shall we do with...the Jews?

  Set fire to their synagogues or schools and bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again   see a stone or cinder of them.”

Hitler liked the teachings of Martin Luther so much that he incorporated all seven points set forth by Martin Luther.

These thoughts, expressions, ideas and hatred became deeply imbedded throughout the general populace of Europe ― as taught by “the church.” For example, a group of Jesuits in Rome wrote in their monthly publication (since 1850), La Civiltà Cattolica; “The Jew was created by God to act the traitor everywhere.” 5

Many Christian apologists ― turn a deaf ear/ignore to the actual words in John. Instead they claim that the gospel of John is not anti-Semitism because the Jews” were just a “symbol.”  Thus they reason, “the Jews” do not represent “the Jews,” but is just a way to express all opposition to accepting Jesus. Do they think people are idiots who can not actually read what was written in the New Testament gospel of John? These apologists illogical conclusion is the heights of stupidity. They are saying: John’s words and term “the Jews” is not anti-Semitic because it does not mean “the Jews.” Tell that to Martin Luther; tell that to Hitler; tell that to the fundamentalist preachers; and tell that to the Klu Klux Klan!

Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi propaganda minister (1933–1945), learned the Christian anti-Semitism well. He said:

 “A Jew is for me an object of disgust. I feel like vomiting when I see one. Christ could not possibly have been a Jew. It is not necessary to prove that scientifically ― it is a fact.” 6

Christian apologists white-wash “the Jews” by simply acknowledging “anti-Judaic” sentiments within the “Fourth Gospel.” However, few will actually go so far as to honestly acknowledge the real sentiments of the gospel of John ― “anti-Semitism.” John’s terms/words/hatred of Jews is certainly one of the primary causes of 2,000 years of venomous Christian anti-Semitism throughout Europe; ever building and growing until it erupted in the Holocaust.  

The unknown author of John succeeded in making Jesus no longer a member of the Jewish people or its religion. And having succeeded in making Jesus a non-Jew, “The Fourth Gospel” freely expressed contempt for Jews and Judaism.  Also fueling these fires, perhaps why John wrote as he did, were these words from the Jewish bible in which supposedly god ― the Invisible Man in the Sky ― spoke ONLY to the Jews, declaring:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:2-3 KJV)

"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: ... But because the LORD loved you..." (Deuteronomy 7:6-8 KJV)

 "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." (Deuteronomy 14:2 KJV)

" shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation...." (Exodus 19:5-6 KJV)

The Christians could not even join in the Sabbath, as it was exclusively for "the Jews:"

"It [sabbath] is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever..."  (Exodus 31:16-17 KJV)

The rest of the world did not/does not like to be pictured as standing behind the door when god dealt out his favors to only one people/nation in the world. The rest of the world did not snooze, but in the Hebrew bible, they lose!

When you apply the correct time frame to the author’s (of John) writings his objectives become clear. Apparently he wrote much after the fall of Jerusalem when the Roman government hated the Jewish people.  To portray the new religion of Christianity in a good light, the author separated Jesus from “the Jews” and “the Jews” from this new religion. The anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish position of the “Fourth Gospel/John” shines bright like a lighthouse at midnight as it describes the Jewish people/”the Jews”  as enemies of the truth, as devoid of spiritual insight (John 3.1-7) and, ultimately, as children of the Christian devil.  Examples are:

·       Non-believers in Jesus [Jews] are condemned to hell (John 3:18)

·       Did the Jews not persecute Jesus? Meaning ALL the Jews. (John 5:16)

·       Jews are of their father, the Devil (John 8:44)

·       You (Jews) are not of God (John 8:47)

·       The Jewish leaders picked up stones to kill him [Jesus] (John 8:59 & 31)

·       If a man abide not in me ... cast into fire. Throughout history, Christianity loved to cast non-believers into FIRE, burning them alive. (John 15:6)

·       They hated me without a cause. (John 15: 25)

·       He that hate me hates the father [God] (John 15:22-25)

An interesting quotation appears in the Encyclopedia Britannica under ‘German Christians:’

“Protestants who attempted to subordinate church policy to the political exigencies of Nazi Germany. The German Christians’ Faith Movement, organized in 1932, was nationalistic and so anti-Semitic that extremists wished to repudiate the Old Testament and the Pauline Letters because of their Jewish authorship. In July 1933 the state territorial churches merged to form the German Evangelical Church, and in September the German Christian candidate, Ludwig Muller, became Reichsbishop. Muller’s efforts to make the church an instrument of Nazi policy were resisted by the Confessing Church, under the leadership of Martin Niemoller.  After World War II the German Christian Church party was banned.”

Little did the NEW testament writers know the terrible effect they would have on the Jewish people throughout the ages, even now. Hitler had no problem establishing who the villains were in Christian Europe.

"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon that the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and for my own part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel." -Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

 “Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses. We should get rid of it as quick as we can.” -Author Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)


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 and Muslim Qur’aan, is fictitious -- from a 6-day creation of the universe; to cunning, walking, talking snakes; big fish tales; world flood and an "Invisible Friend in the Sky" it is all fiction, a bold sham perpetrated on the world.



1.  Reverend Robert L. Brownlie; Rector, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2H1, Canada []

2.  Reid Monaghan, The Gospel Tradition – A Case Study, p 7-8;

3.   Norman Baker Geisler, Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Grand Rapids: MI, Baker Books, 1999); Dating of New Testament,  p 529.

4.  Martin Luther (1483 - 1546), On the Jews and Their Lies, 1543,  Chapter XI

5.  John Cornwell, Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII, September 30, 1999, Penguin Putnam

6.  Louis L. Snyder,  Hitler’s Elite, Shocking Profiles of the Reich’s Most Notorious Henchmen, 1990, Berkley Books



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