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 concerning second-, third- and fourth-century Judaism, and even here they must be read critically. Like the pagan sources, however, they provide little information for the historian seeking to construct a life of Jesus.”7
One of the reasons that using the Talmud as a source for first-century New Testament understanding is a bad idea, as Stein just stated, the Talmud was written and compiled several hundred years after the events recorded in the gospels.
Another issue with it is the fact that you are getting a very biased opinion. You are only getting the Pharisaical viewpoint. The Judaica Encyclopedia(1905) states,
With the destruction of the Temple (70 A.D.) the Sadducees disappeared altogether, leaving the regulation of all Jewish affairs in the hands of the Pharisees. Henceforth, Jewish life was regulated by the Pharisees; the whole history of Judaism was reconstructed from the Pharisaic point of view, and a new aspect was given to the Sanhedrin of the past. A new chain of tradition supplanted the older priestly tradition (Abot 1:1). Pharisaism shaped the character of Judaism and the life and thought of the Jew for all the future.
Noticed the phrase, “the whole history of Judaism was reconstructed from the Pharisaic point of view.” This tells us that the Pharisees saw this as an opportunity to rewrite Jewish history from their own point of view. They wrote the Sadducees out of history, except as it served their purpose. This sanitized version of Jewish history is found in the Talmud. In other words, they cooked the books in their favor, leaving only their tradition as the real authority. So anyone who uses the writings of the rabbis, i.e., the Talmud, are using a history that has been filtered through the traditions and practices of the Pharisees.
The reference above, Aboth 1:1, states the following.
MISHNA A. Moses received the Law on Sinai and delivered it to Joshua; Joshua in turn handed it down to the Elders (not to the seventy Elders of Moses' time but to the later Elders who have ruled Israel, and each of them delivered it to his successor); from the Elders it descended to the
7 Jesus the Messiah, Robert H. Stein. InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 1996. 32
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