New twist on “Biblical Judaism”: Rabbinic Judaism vs. Modern Judaism
Most of us in the Messianic Jewish Movement have heard the claim coming from many in the Christian, Hebrew Christian and Hebrew Roots (which includes the so called “independent messianic”) camps that goes something like this: there once was such a thing as “Biblical Judaism”, that is a Judaism sans the burdensome Jewish traditions, one supposedly practiced by Yeshua himself and one restored today, naturally, by these modern day proponents. Their claim goes on to insist that at one point the rabbis came along, without authorization, without the Spirit of G-d in them and with ill motives, and supposedly have corrupted the “Biblical Judaism” and have turned into the “man-made” “Rabbinic Judaism” that the poor deceived Jews are practicing today. These folks see it as their duty to restore “Biblical Judaism” into the one they think the Master adhered to himself.
But just to show you that there’s truly nothing new under the sun, there’s now a new teachings that is going around, primarily among messianics who claim to be friendly to ‘Rabbinic Judaism”. Similar to the “Biblical vs. Rabbinic Judaism” teaching described above, this new twist on the old idea tries to create yet another dichotomy, this time between “Rabbinic Judaism” and “Modern Judaism”. These teachers insist that the “Modern Judaism”as practiced by devout modern Jews today is in fact a corrupted form of the original teachings and motives of the “Rabbinic Judaism” of the Sages (Talmudic Rabbis), and is deist, racist, anti-Messiah, anti-modern and close-minded. These folks see it as their goal to restore the true intent of “Rabbinic Judaism” – and of course, they too think that they practice the right sort of Judaism and can set the Jews straight.
You heard it here first, folks.