I have a book in my many stacks that constitute a largely Jewish library called "the Wandering Jew". Ironically, I haven't read it yet but it's been with me through multiple wanderings of my own; yet the topic calls to me, so a quick glance at Wikipedia yielded this result on what a wandering Jew is:
The Wandering Jew is a figure from medieval Christian folklore whose legend began to spread in Europe in the thirteenth century and became a fixture of Christian mythology, and, later, of Romanticism. The original legend concerns a Jew who taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion and was then cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. The exact nature of the wanderer's indiscretion varies in different versions of the tale, as do aspects of his character; sometimes he is said to be a shoemaker or other tradesman, sometimes he is the doorman at Pontius Pilate's estate.
The legend was perpetuated through adding scripture to it for "validity":
The origins of the legend are debatable; perhaps one element is the story in Genesis of Cain, who is issued with a similar punishment — to wander over the earth, never reaping a harvest again, but scavenging. According to some sources, the legend stems from Jesus's words given in Matthew 16:28:
'Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.'(King James Version)
A belief that the disciple whom Jesus loved would not die before the Second Coming was apparently popular enough in the early Christian world to be denounced in the Gospel of John:
20. And Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple following whom Jesus loved, who had also leaned on His breast at the supper, and had said, Lord, which is he who betrayeth Thee? 21. When, therefore, Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, Lord, and what shall he do? 22. Jesus saith to him, If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me. 23. Then this saying went forth among the brethren, that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus had not said to him that he would not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? (John 21:20-23, KJV)
So it turns out the benefits of standing in the "original" covenant with God which he made with the Jewish people is punishment and condemned to wandering. It would turn out the wages of sin would be this kind of death relegated by the members of the "new and better covenant". It seems like scripture becomes twisted to suit the messenger and folks follow.
Are relations better between Jews and Christians? Are we at a place that mutual respect exists?