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Christianity in Talmud and Midrash free pdf This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...of current Jewish belief. As to the statement itself that the kingdom shall be turned to Minuth, there is here no reference to the proclamation by Constantine the Great in favour of Christianity, A.d. 313. R. Nehemjah lived considerably more than a century before that event. There is not the slightest reason to suspect so late an addition to the text of the Mishnah as this would imply, nor to father it on R. Nehemjah if it had been made. The conversion of the Empire to Minuth is merely a way of saying that the spread of heresy and the consequent decay of religion will be universal. R. Jitzhaq, who also mentions the conversion of the Empire to Minuth as a sign of the advent of the Messiah, probably lived till the time when Constantine the Great, by his successive edicts, virtually adopted Christianity as the religion of the state. But R. Jitzhaq, if he knew of the event, makes no special reference to it. He merely repeats the words as R. Nehemjah had said them. All, therefore, that can be learned from the passage is, that Minuth was in the second century sufficiently known and dreaded, that it could serve as an illustration of the calamities which were to herald the coming of the Messiah.1 1 Bacher (A. d. P. Am., ii. 481, n. 5) gives a saying of R. Abba b. Kahana: " When thou seest in the land of Israel the seats in the schools filled with Minim, then look for the feet of the Messiah," Shir. r. on viii. 9- Ech. r. on L 13. The present texts in these places have, not' Minim' but' Babliim, ' t.. Babylonians. Bacher, on the authority of Perles, says that this is an ancient gloss, and that' Minim' is the original reading. Yet he shows some hesita, tion- and, indeed, it is easier in this connexion to understand a reference to Babylonians...

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Author : Robert Travers Herford
Publisher : Theclassics.Us
Data Published : 12 September 2013
ISBN : 1230379762
EAN : 9781230379760
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Number of Pages : 110 pages
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Language : English
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