- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Barricade Books (October 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569804397
- ISBN-13: 978-1569804391
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
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Battle of the Two Talmuds: Judaism's Struggle with Power, Glory, & Guilt Hardcover – October 16, 2010
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You will learn of the writings and character of the following Jewish luminaries and thinkers: Maimonides, the Saadyah Gaon, Rav Schmuel, Rabbi Yochannan, Rashi. .
The authors focus on the comfortable, wealthy secular Jewish community in Babylonia (modern Baghdad). What were the feelings of these Jews regarding the biblical declarations and prophesies about Jews returning the the Holy Land? There are similarities between the sophistication, and secularization, of Babylon and the modern Golden Land, America. What similarities were there between the Babylonian scholars and those who forged their own "Jerusalem" Talmud (not written in that city, for the Romans banned Jews from it).
The book is excellent in covering the whole question of active rebellion against militant authority, vs. passive, and prayerful, otherworldly acceptance of injustice by its victims (the condition Ashkenazim faced for centuries).
These fascinating questions are treated impartially and reverently, without ostentation, moralizing, or jargon.
But the writer of Psalm 119:140, under inspiration of the Ruach Ha Kodesh, the Holy Spirit, testifies, "Thy Word is very pure therefore thy servant loveth it." The writers of the Tanach, the Bible, were so controlled by the Holy spirit that whatever they wrote was purged from any and all human deficiencies. This control applies to every word so that the Scripture is inerrant and verbally inspired throughout. In Psalm 18:30 King David states, "As for God His way is perfect: The Word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler(shield) to all those that trust in Him."
Proverbs 30:5 records, "Every word of God is pure( refined and purified in a spiritual furnace, as it were, so that any and all contaminants have been purged out leaving only the pure element): He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him." The Bible is God's pure Word; the Talmud is admixture that alloys human error to God's pure Word causing confusion and obfuscation and doubt. There was no Talmud or Oral Law, so called, prior to the Exile and Dispersion: there was only the Hebrew Bible or Tanach: God's pure Word.