Tag Archives: Oral Law

WHY ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN BROKE APART: IT’S HISTORY’S MOST CRUCIAL SPLIT UP

Summary: When the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., it is correct to say that Judaism split into two different religions.  Both were new.  One sect was Christianity, the other, Rabbinic Judaism. Christianity was led by Peter and Paul. Rabbinic Judaism was led, ultimately, by Rabbi Akiba. The difference between these two new forms of Judaism couldn’t have been more dramatic. What are the reasons the two religions would be so different?  What did the split have to do with the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth? Could they ever be reconciled?

Understand, then, that those who have faith are Read More

THE RABBI WHO CORRUPTED OUR BIBLE 2,000 YEARS AGO

Summary:  One Rabbi, 2,000 years ago, led the campaign to corrupt our Old Testament (the Masoretic Text that all Protestant Bibles follow). And He succeeded – at least in a narrow sense. He is known as the father of Rabbinic Judaism. His name is Rabbi Akiba ben Josef (50 A.D. – 135 A.D.). Not only was he responsible for creating a Judaism that was no longer dependent upon a Temple and its sacrificial worship, he sought to obscure messianic passages in the Old Testament including the timing when Messiah was believed to arrive. In this article, I make the case Read More