The resurrection of Lazarus, according to St. John's account is too close to Christ's Passion to allow for a forty-day delay. I'll need to reread the Gospel to see whether the healing of the man born blind could have triggered a trial-in-absentia forty days before Our Lord's Passion.
Jesus' Death Now Debated By Jews
...Ken Bandler, a spokesman for the AJCommittee, said the article was taken down to "avoid confusion" over whether it represented the organization's official position.
Indeed, the Catholic Church, which burned copies of the Talmud in the Middle Ages, officially censored the Talmud's Jesus references in the 13th century. Even today the standard Vilna edition of the Talmud omits any discussion about "Yeshu," Jesus in Hebrew.
The Jesus omissions began to be restored in the last century, Bayme said. And the passages "are now included in most of the new printings of the Talmud," said Yisrael Shaw of Daf Yomi Discussions, an on-line Talmud service.
"If you do an Internet search for Sanhedrin 43a, you will find that it is one of the favorite sources of the Christians to use as proof of the Jewish murder and hatred of their god," Shaw said.
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, whose Talmud edition has been translated into English, Russian and Spanish, said he believed the Talmudic Jesus is probably not the Christian Jesus.
"It could very well be somebody else" who lived 100 or 200 years earlier because the stories don?t match the Gospel account, he said.
Rabbi Steinsaltz noted that the Hebrew name Yeshu was popular back then and that "stories about the resurrection of dead leaders are a dime a dozen, before Jesus and after him. This is not a historical issue."
A Jewish friend of my daughter said her parents threatened to pull out her fingernails if she ever mentioned the name of Jesus in their house.
Reading the (rather few) Talmudic mentions of Jesus it becomes obvious that these comments are rather spitefully made in the third or fourth century, at a time when there was a lot of friction between the early Christians and the Jews. It is fairly obvious that the Talmudic comments know Jesus only by word of mouth from contemporary Christians and not from any historic tradition. Some of the stories link this Jesus with events or people who clearly did not live in the period of the Gospels.
Some of the quotations do not actually appear in the best editions of the Talmud, but appear only in a few old manuscripts -- the common thought was that they were deleted by government (Christian) censors during the Middle Ages, but I think there is a distinct possibility that some of these were not perpetuated in the Talmud because they were either inauthentic or obviously foolish, and not because of Christian pressures.