There is, however, one crucial issue in Judaism that for some radical Christian theologians proved beyond the reasonable doubt that Jews (Jews by religion, not blood although those guys rarely distinguished between the two) were, indeed, the Servants of the Devil.
This issue was Jewish Messianism, more precisely, the portrait (profile in psychological terms) of Mashiach – the Jewish Messiah. More precisely, Melekh Mashiach (“King Messiah”) who to Christian theologians looked a lot like Anti-Christ.
According to Judaism 101, the term “Mashiach” literally means “the anointed one,” and refers to the ancient Jewish (and not only Jewish) practice of anointing kings with oil when they ascend to the throne. Thus, the Mashiach will be “the last king” – the one who will be anointed as Jewish (and not only Jewish) king in the End of Days.
The Jews believe that the Mashiach will be a great political leader descended from King David (of course). He will be well-versed in Jewish law (no surprise here), and dutifully observant of its commandments (ditto).
He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader as well, who will win battles for Israel (which kinda predicts a rather bleak future for the Muslims). He will be a great judge, who makes righteous decisions according to the Talmudic law, no doubt). But above all, he will be a human being, not a god, demi-god or other supernatural being.
The Mashiach will bring about the political and spiritual redemption of the Jewish people by bringing all Jews back to Israel (not likely as there are way too many Jews for way too little land) and restoring Jerusalem to its former (i.e. pre-Roman) glory.
He (it will definitely be a “he”, not “she”) will establish a government in Israel that will be the center of all world government, both for Jews and gentiles (now that’s really sounds like Anti-Christ). He will rebuild the Temple of Solomon and re-establish its worship (as it was initially mandated in the Old Testament). He will restore the religious court system of Israel and establish Jewish law as the law of the (hopefully, just Jewish) land.
Interestingly enough, if you replace Judaism with Marxism and Jews with the Russians (more precisely, with “Soviet People”), all of this would sound a lot like… Joseph Stalin. Whom lots of Christians – theologians, priests, leaders, officials, monks, nuns and just common folks – sincerely believed to be Anti-Crist.
Did the “Jewish egregore” (the “collective soul” of the Jewish people) provide Stalin with the energy (and thus the power) for his project of conquering the world and becoming the ruler of all nations making Moscow “the center of all world government”?
Given that Stalin had not a drop of Jewish blood in his veins, was an atheist (at least officially, but definitely not a Jew by religious faith) and was actually a committed Judeophobe who almost launched Holocaust II… I don’t think so.
Likewise, there is no evidence whatsoever that there was (or is) anything infernal in Jewish teachings about Mashiach (being the “ruler of the world” by itself is not necessarily malignant) – or in the whole of Judaism for that matter.
Hence, contrary to the fears (and these are, indeed, fears and only fears) of some radical Christians, all this Mashiach thing does not in any way even hint that Jews could be the Servants of the Devil.