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Offline Trinity

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Phariseeism
« on: September 08, 2006, 09:07:57 PM »
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  • Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, head of The Jewish Theological Seminary of
    America, in the Foreword to the First Edition of his world-famous classic
    `The Pharisees, The Sociological Background of Their Faith', on page XXI
    states:
    `... Judaism ... Pharisaism became Talmudism, Talmudism became Medieval
    Rabbinism and Medieval Rabbinism became Modern Rabbinism. But throughout
    these changes in name ... the spirit of the ancient Pharisees survives,
    unaltered ... From Palestine to Babylonia; from Babylonia to North Africa,
    Italy, Spain, France and Germany; from these to Poland, Russia and eastern
    Europe generally, ancient Pharisaism has wandered, demonstrating the
    enduring importance which attaches to Pharisaism as a religious movement
    ...'
    Rabbi Louis Finkelstein traces the origin of the form of religious worship
    practiced today under the present name `Judaism', to its origin as
    `Pharisaism' in Judea in the time of Jesus. He confirms what the eminent
    Rabbi Adolph Moses states in `Yahvism, and Other Discourses'. On page 1,
    he states:
    `Among the innumerable misfortunes which have befallen... the most fatal
    in its consequences is the name Judaism... Worse still, the Jews
    themselves, who have gradually come to call their religion Judaism ...
    Yet, neither in biblical nor post-biblical, neither in Talmudic, nor in
    much later times, is the term Judaism ever heard ... the Bible speaks of
    the religion .... as 'Torath Yahve', the instruction, or the moral law
    revealed by Yahve... in other places... as 'Yirath Yahve', the fear and
    reverence of Yahve. These and other appellations CONTINUED FOR MANY AGES
    TO STAND FOR THE RELIGION... To distinguish it from Christianity and
    Islam, the Jewish philosophers sometimes designate it as the faith or
    belief of the Jews...IT WAS FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS, WRITING FOR THE INSTRUCTION
    OF GREEKS AND ROMANS, WHO COINED THE TERM JUDAISM, in order to pit it
    against Hellenism ... by Hellenism was understood the civilization,
    comprising language, poetry, religion, art, science, manners, customs,
    institutions, which ... had spread from Greece, its original home, over
    vast regions of Europe, Asia and Africa... The Christians eagerly seized
    upon the name...The Jews themselves, who intensely detested the traitor
    Josephus, refrained from reading his works ... HENCE THE TERM JUDAISM
    COINED BY JOSEPHUS REMAINED ABSOLUTELY UNKNOWN TO THEM ... IT WAS ONLY IN
    COMPARATIVELY RECENT TIMES, AFTER THE JEWS BECAME FAMILIAR WITH MODERN
    CHRISTIAN LITERATURE, THAT THEY BEGAN CALLING THEIR RELIGION JUDAISM'.
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    Phariseeism
    « Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006, 09:52:21 PM »
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  • An Amorphophallus titanum by any other name would smell just as bad...


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    Phariseeism
    « Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006, 10:18:36 PM »
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  • Quote from: Trinity
    Ah, but the point is that the ancient pharisees were in fact Talmudists, even though it was only in oral form back then.  I have also read some conjecture that they altered the Old Testament somewhat before turning it over to the gentiles.  Search me.  I wasn't around back then.

    Oh, totally. I agree with that assessment. The pharisees certainly possessed the spirit of the talmudics and vice versa.


     

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