"Also, at the beginning of the Common Era (e.g. A.D.), Jerusalem Jews began formulating the Talmud, the essence of post-Temple Jewish life to this day, and transfered this effort seamlessly to Baghdad after the Romans expelled most Jews from Palestine."
Yes, yes. Indeed, contempory Judaism could more properly be referred to as Talmudism so as to distinguish itself from the Hebrew religion of the Old Testament.
...contempory Judaism could more properly be referred to as Talmudism so as to distinguish itself from the Hebrew religion of the Old Testament.
The Talmud drew from the Bible ("Old Testament"), oral traditions that came from biblical times ("Midrash"), and post-Scriptural events from around the beginning of the Common Era. You seem to want to characterize it as a wholly different religion, which would be more extreme than saying that today's (Roman Catholic) Church is not the same religion as the (Apostolic) Church.
You didn't answer my other question, why you recommend that Israel agree to disarm in response to Iran's proposal for a nuclear-free Mideast. Would your view change depending on how close modern Judaism is to Old Testament Judaism, and what would be your test? How many abortions per every 1,000 births?
posted on 02/21/2005 4:41:20 PM PST
("Remember, your fathers sacrificed themselves without need of a messianic complex." Ariel Sharon)
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