The Changes In Rabbinic Judaism

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What Is Rabbinic Judaism? Through the centuries many religions have gone through changes. These changes are because of changing times, civilizations and society changes and religions tend to change with them. Judaism has gone through changes as well. The Second Temple had many changes happening to the Jewish people, it had three main sects, with time one of the sects may have led to Rabbinic Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism started interpreting the Tonakh, they decided there were two Torahs, and the midrash became important in Rabbinic Judaism, these two are similar and different in the end modern Jews are still using Rabbinic Judaism. The time of the Second Temple of Judaism was a time of turmoil. There were many changes going on, as the…show more content…
Each of these were different in their own ways. The Sadducees were a group that is known the least. The names were from Josephus, Joseph son of Matthiah, as he is the one who states he knew about all three because he lived amongst all three groups. He stated that the Sadducees were a group of Hebrews that believed in human free will and no afterlife. They were a group that were associated with aristocracy, sympathetic to Hellenism, and were in competition with the Pharisees (Segel, 2009). The Pharisees were a sect of Judaism that had purity and dietary laws, this did not make it easy to interact with other Jews who were not of the same rituals. However, they were influential, they were able to impose their interpretations on to others even if the others did not actually accept them. Some will say they were the most accurate in their interpretations. They believed in the bodily resurrection of the dead, they were able to justify their adaptation of Babylonian and Persian cultures into their own traditions. Pharisees studied the Bible and other religious texts, thus leading to their beliefs of religious authority came from the knowledge of the religious texts, they had purity and dietary laws as well. The Essences were a simple people, they helped each other, they were devout in their worship, had control over their emotions, and celibate.…show more content…
The Rabbis would be taking all of their life experiences and including them in their interpretation of the Torah. One of the creations during this time is the Mishnah. The Mishnah is different from the Torah in that it does not go in the biblical order, instead it has legal topics. It is the collection of oral Jewish traditions mostly on legal issues. They may have been looking for new insights of meaning from the biblical texts and spiritual support for the stories that had been passed down orally. The Mishnah is divided into six sections or seder (order), Sera’im (seeds), Mo’ed (times), Nashim (women), Nezikin (damages), Kodashim (holy things), and Tohorot (purity). These six seders are then divided again into massekhets (tractates). There are 60 tractates, each tractate has chapters, and then units called Mishnah or

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