Continued From Jesus in the Talmud
Another figure mentioned in the Talmud is Yeshu "Ben-Stada" , possibly the same person as Ben Pandera. Yeshu ben Stada was the illegitimate son of a woman originally named Miriam bat Bilgah who committed adultery with a Roman soldier. The name "Stada" in Aramaic comes from "Sta Da" - "she deviated." Many believe that Stada was the Historical Mary, the mother of Jesus/Yeshu.
"Also referred to as ben Sotera or ben Sitera. Which may be the Hebrew-Aramaic form of the Greek name Soteros. The forms "Sitera" and "Stada" seem have arisen as misreading and spelling mistakes (yod replacing vav and dalet replacing reish). Since there was so little information concerning ben Stada, many conjectures arose as to who he was.'
'...the Toledot Yeshua relates with the most indecent details that Miriam, a hairdresser of Bethlehem, affianced to a young man named Jochanan, was seduced by a libertine, Joseph Panther or Pandira, and gave birth to a son whom she named Johosuah or Jeschu. According to the Talmudic authors of the Sota and the Sanhedrim, Jeschu was taken during his boyhood to Egypt, where he was initiated into the secrets doctrines of the priests, and on his return to Palestine gave himself up to the practice of magic. The Toledot Yeshua, however, goes on to say that on reaching manhood, Jeschu learnt the secret of his illegitimacy, on account of which he was driven out of the Synagogue and took refuge for a time in Galilee.' (treatise Sabbath, folio 104, treatise Sanhedrim, folio 107, and Sota, folio 47).
In addition to being described as "stada" - [She who deviated] Sanhedrin 106a states "She who was the descendant of princes and governors and played the harlot with carpenters.'
According to the Jewish Tractate of Talmud, the Chagigah a certain person had a dream in which he saw the punishment of the damned. In the dream, "He saw Mary the daughter of Heli amongst the shades..." John Lightfoot, Commentary On the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica
Shabbath 104b it is stated that in the "uncensored" text of the Talmud it is written that Jesus mother, "Miriam the hairdresser," had sex with many men. "the hairdresser" translates to Megaddela which some have compared to Magdalene . [Also In the Talmud, Magdala is a town called by its Aramaic name, Migdal Nunaiya (Pes. 46a). meaning "Tower of Fish." which reflected the basic commerce of the town, not necessarily a ref. to "fishers of men" etc.. ]
From the Catholic Encyclopedia : "Mary Magdalen was so called either from Magdala near Tiberias, on the west shore of Galilee, or possibly from a Talmudic expression meaning "curling women's hair," which the Talmud explains as of an adulteress.'
So here we have two possible Talmudic simile's to Mary Magdalene as the mother of Jesus, whom Christian tradition does not teach was the Mother of Jesus. Although Christian tradition does not teach that Mary Magdalene was the mother of Jesus, many devout Christian scholars have speculated on the topic . Once again from the Catholic Encyclopedia - New Advent:
The Greek Fathers, as a whole, distinguish the three persons:
the "sinner" of Luke 7:36-50; the sister of Martha and Lazarus, Luke 10:38-42 and John 11; and Mary Magdalen. On the other hand most of the Latins hold that these three were one and the same. Protestant critics, however, believe there were two, if not three, distinct persons. It is impossible to demonstrate the identity of the three;.
The Mehgheehlla Scroll Discovered near Lake Tiberius in 1882 supports this theory . Yeshai and Judas ben Halachmee were the illegitimate twins of a young girl called Stadea. They were taken in, raised and educated by the religious order of Essenes . One of the boys became a student of a Rabbi Hillel , and the other became the leader of the Essenes. The Scroll also states that an elder Essene named Joseph became Yeshai's 'religious father' and guardian. Further research on Hillel reveals that he was a carpenter. [See Jesus Twins]
The Mehgheehlla Scroll bears little trace of the later myth transference and religious / political agendas which obscure most texts dealing with Yeshua and is probably the most accurate narrative of Jesus that we have.