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 prophets (beginning with Eli and Samuel), and each of them delivered it to his successors until it reached the men of the Great Assembly. The last, named originated three maxims: "Be not hasty in judgment; Bring up many disciples; and, Erect safe guards for the Law.”
The 'Law' received on Sinai referred to above, is the oral law or tradition, of which the Pharisees claimed they were the guardians. It is this oral law that the Gospels refer to as the "tradition of the elders". Jesus' opinion of the oral tradition was that it nullified the Word of God (Mark 7:6-9).
However, it is admitted by Rabbi JH Hertz, in the foreword of the Soncino English translation of the Talmud, that the Talmud had its beginnings during the Babylonian captivity.
The beginnings of Talmudic literature date back to the time of the Babylonian Exile in the Sixth pre-Christian Century ... When a thousand years later, the Babylonian Talmud assumed final codified form in the year 500 after the Christian era, the Roman Western Empire had ceased to be. (The Babylonian Talmud edited by Rabbi Dr. I Epstein, 1935, page xiii)
The Jewish Encyclopedia(1943) again informs us,
The Jewish religion as it is today traces its descent, without a break, through all the centuries, from the Pharisees. Their leading ideas and methods found expression in a literature of enormous extent, of which a very great deal is still in existence. The Talmud is the largest and most important single piece of that literature ... and the study of it is essential for any real understanding of Pharisaism.
Here it is admitted that the Talmud only gives us the Pharisaic view. It contains a history of Pharisaism, not a history of first-century Jewish culture and practice. This is why using the Talmud as a source of information, for discovering the pre- destruction history of the Jewish people, should be held as suspect, because you are only getting one side of the history. You are getting the side of history that the Pharisees want you to have. This would be particularly true as it relates to any information concerning Jesus the Messiah.
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