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Re: The Jewish Faith?

Posted by ayrity on January 11, 2005, at 11:42:53

In reply to Re: The Jewish Faith? MKB, posted by Angel Girl on January 10, 2005, at 3:58:34

> >
> > One of the main things you need to know about Judaism is that they use rabbinic writings contained in the Talmud, in addition to the Old Testament. The Talmud is not part of the Bible.-----------------------------------------------> What are "rabbinic writings contained in the Talmud"? I apologize for my ignorance in the subject. I know extremely little of the Jewish faith.
> AG

MKB's description of the Talmud is limited and reflects the usual Christian misunderstandings of what the Talmud is. The Talmud is a vast compendium of knowledge and commentary, not just a legalistic document. Jews believe that the Oral Tradition contained in the Talmud was handed down at the same time as the Written Torah (or 5 books of Moses). It was transmitted from generation to generation until compiled and written down in the Mishnah. Sages then added their own commentary and interpretations (Gemarah). The Talmud consists of all of these parts. See http://www.jewfaq.org/torah.htm#Talmud for a nice explanation.


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