Weekly Lessons

Lesson 1 Jewish Roots

Overview

Lesson 2 Jewish Roots

The Name

Lesson 3 Jewish Roots

Judaizing

Lesson 4 Jewish Roots

Calendar

Lesson 5 Jewish Roots

Fall Holy Days

 

Week 6

Jewish Calendar

 

Lesson 3: Judaizing

  The Jewish Roots Movement has become popular throughout the world, but many Christians are becoming enamored with Judaism to the point of renouncing Christ.

It is understandable that Christians would want to understand an adopt the traditions followed by Jesus (Yeshuah), but Judaism is pointless without Jesus.

Judaism in the Second Temple period (when Jesus was crucified) was divided into many antagonistic factions. The main camps were the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Essenes, and Nazarenes (Christians). These groups did not get along, though they were all considered part of Judaism.
There is truth in the old saying that when you have two Jews, you get three opinions. The Palestinian Question is debated by Jews in Israel more aggressively than anywhere in the world.
Today, only two Jewish sects still exist (From Second Temple Period Judaism): Christians and Pharisees (Orthodox Jews). The others have (pretty much) passed away.
The Sadducees and temple priest hated the Christians (in particular). Some of these guys committed murders to obtain the position of Temple priest. Jesus called them out for their immorality. The Acts of the Apostles talk about how the Temple Priests tried to get back at Christians by trying to stop Christians from spreading the Good News that the Messiah had come.
Christianity was wildly popular with many Jews in the 1-4 centuries, but the Jewish leaders continued to hate the Christians.
The influence of the Second Temple Period priests was visible in the late 4th Century. The Christians continued taking part in Jewish worship until the late 4th Century, when the Birkat Haminim (prayer) was adopted for synagogue worship. The prayer forced Christians (worshipping in the synagogue) to curse themselves (during the service) for following Jesus.
According to the Babylonian Talmud, the rabbinic patriarch Rabban Gamliel II, called for the institution of this prayer as part of the central element of the worship service.

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