Week 4 Lec notes on Judaism
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RLGA - Week 4 - Tue. Feb. 1/11
•Ethical shift towards the community
oTherefore, laws are generated to help the people
•Rabbinical Judaism stems from the Pharisees group
oIntellectual, legal experts of the tradition
•Essenes Messianic group Christianity
•Lots of interpretation is used on the Hebrew Bible but the Bible itself is
“closed” to any more texts, prophets etc.
•90 C.E. Tanakh (the complete Bible for Jews)
oT - stands for the Torah or Law
oN – stands for Nebi’im or Prophets
oK – stands for Kethubhim or Writings
oIt is the codification of scripture in order to preserve the tradition; even
though the Oral tradition was strong in itself
oRevelations are now closed; ie. No more revisions to the text
•Work of rabbis was the interpretation which were all collected into the
•Torah can mean: God’s Law; the 5 books of Moses; religious scripture;
interpretations; or the oral Torah
•Oral Torah – a text memorized/recorded with great accuracy (not written
•The Mishnah is the oral torah written down by 200 C.E.
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