I am a slow learner – a plodder would be a better description – relentless, but still a plodder. I have also considered myself to be a Bible student – I regularly read and study it for insights into life and culture, as well as history.
It wasn’t until three years ago that a plain statement in the Bible – multiple times I might add – slapped me in the face. Judaism is NOT Old Testament religion – Jesus said so – REPEATEDLY! Yet, it took me decades to get through my pre-suppositional indoctrination to get that through my thick noggin. As I have said – discovering truth is a process, not an end state – for us mortals!
When Jesus called out the Pharisees in John 8:44 - 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – was He kidding or just using meaningless rhetoric? Furthermore, He was constantly reminding them - by quoting scripture after scripture – that they were NOT following the teachings of Moses – whom they claimed to be their mentor.
When that revelation hit me, it was like a two by four between the eyes – OUCH!
We also have empirical evidence – “there is also what is commonly known as “Judaism”. That, by the way, is also a misnomer, at least if by “Judaism” you refer the faith of the Old Testament, the faith of the Ancient Israel, the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our forefathers”. Modern “Judaism” which was created well after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70AD. Modern “Judaism” ought be to called “Pharisaic Talmudism” and its true creators are Shimon bar Yochia, Maimonides (aka “Rambam” in the video below), Joseph Karo and Isaac Luria. The reason why this religion ought to be referred to as Pharisaic Talmudism is modern Judaism is the continuation of the sect of the Pharisees (the only Jewish sect which survived the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple – all modern forms of “Judaism” trace their roots to the Pharisees) and that its main source of authority is the Talmud, a collection of writings based on the ideas of the sect of the Pharisees and complied from the beginning of the 2nd century.”
Conclusion: Judaism = Talmudism
Now – how about a word search in DaLimbraw Library – Judeo-Christian? Read for a week!
Well, what about Paul’s writings about his kin being converted in Romans? Exactly what does that have to do with the Pharisees and Judaism?
Again and as usual – if you stumbled into this site and are wondering what is going on here – start here to get perspective! It will lead you back to DaLibrary!