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Re: The Jewish Faith?

Posted by ayrity on January 13, 2005, at 9:21:02

In reply to Re: The Jewish Faith?, posted by Wronged on January 13, 2005, at 5:45:39

> I'm sure MKB knows that her knowledge of the Talmud is limited. Regardless of your belief that the Oral Law came down from Moses, it can still be argued that the Talmud is NOT in the Old Testament and is not the same thing. It's a matter of perspective, not fact.

I did not say the Talmud and "Old" Testament (Jews do not refer to it as such, 5 Books of Moses would be another way to put it) are the same thing. What I did say is that Jews believe both the Written Law (as reflected in the "Old" Teastament) and the Oral Law (as reflected in the Talmud) are of equal validity.

> MKB was trying to make the point that Jesus Christ criticized those Pharisees and rabbis who elevated tradition and oral law to an equivalence with Moses's Law. It's hard to see how someone who claims to be a Christian could ignore this part of the teachings of Jesus.

As you say, it is a matter of perspective. Jews and Christians simply are not going to agree on this matter.

> But many people pick and choose what to believe, right? For example, the Samaritan Jews do not honor any books outside the "Old Testament." They do not accept the Talmud or any of the other rabbinical writings.

Samaritans are not Jews, they are Samaritans. What they believe has no bearing on Jewish belief.

> Your explanations, nevertheless, are appreciated and welcomed. Is it possible Jews also have many misconceptions about Christianity? Perhaps more freedom to dialogue on these boards would go far to clearing these things up and actually educating people.

Absolutely, I'm sure many Jews do have misconceptions about Christianity. Constructive and friendly dialogue is always welcome in my book.




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