The Hebrew Academy at Jamnia

"God Must Not Speak Greek to Israel"

Just after he had sacked and burned the temple in Jerusalem to the ground, the Roman general Tacitus gave the Judean survivors permission in 73 A.D. to establish a rabbinical school (the 'Academy of Jamnia') near the Mediterranean seacoast as a replacement to the defunct Sanhedrin.

The Jewish leaders used rulings promulgated here, 50 -100 years after the death of Christ, as a tool to launch a counteroffensive against the religion of Jesus which was spreading at the time like wildfire across the civilized world.

Seeing a solution to the Christian problem in the fact that Jesus was being written and preached only in the Greek language, the Jewish rabbi's declared all writing not originally penned in Hebrew scripturally invalid.

According to the Rabbi's of Jamnia, this ruling decreed that nothing of Christ could be considered authentic scripture, because it was not 'first-written' in Hebrew.

Had the Jewish community still retained divine authority to rule the people of Israel in the name of God, this decree would have permanently separated Jesus from the Old Testament, and neutralized the New Testament letters and books as theologically unclean.

But it did not because Jesus had changed the management.

The Jewish decree actually held no legal weight because God had placed new tenants at the head of the religion many years before the Jamnian decree was issued.

Out of office, the Jewish party no longer had authority to make any kind of decree that would be binding on the people of God.

For an in-depth review of Jamnia and its rulings, see:

'Clock of God', Chapter 25, 'God Speaks Greek to Israel'

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