THE CURSE AGAINST CHRISTIANS AT JAMNIA ABOUT 90 AD
The sole purpose of this page is to show the illogicalness of Christians pointing to this group (council?) of Jews to define which books belong in the Old Testament. (Please read my ecumenical statement and disclaimer toward Judaism listed at the end of the page.)
The curse can be documented by referring to the following quotes taken from Encyclopaedia Judaica under the subject headings listed below. The page references are listed at the end of this article. The Encyclopaedia Judaica is advertised as “The Most Comprehensive Authoritative Source on the Jewish World.”
To express an Anathema against someone is to pray or to proclaim a curse against them. The word "Christ" means Messiah, but came to be part of Jesus Christ’s name. So, to express an anathema against "Christians" would be to express an anathema against Jesus Christ as well.
It is to this meeting of Jews in Jamnia, or Jabneh, in
the late first century that Protestants have consistently looked to determined
their Old Testament. This same group of Rabbis required all the Jews
to proclaim the above stated curse against all Jews who became Christians,
as well as against Christ Himself. So, Protestants must ask themselves,
how can they be so sure that this group of Rabbis correctly discerned what
Word of God, that is, what belonged in the Old Testament.
These facts can also be partially verified on-line with the quotations below at:
in the Article: Judaism,
"… There were four major stages in the final break between Christianity and Judaism: (1) the flight of the Jewish Christians from Jerusalem to Pella across the Jordan in 70 and their refusal to continue the struggle against the Romans; (2) the institution by the patriarch Gamaliel II of a prayer in the Eighteen Benedictions against such heretics (c. 100), and (3 and 4) the failure of the Christians to join the messianic leaders Lukuas-Andreas and Bar Kokhba in the revolts against Trajan (115-117) and Hadrian (132-135), respectively. …"
This article links to the following article:
"fl. 2nd century AD
1. Encyclopaedia Judaica, Published in 1971 by The Macmillan Company, New York. Volume 9, page 1176, Article: JABNEH.
2. Ibid. Volume 4, page 1035, Article: BIRAKAT HA-MINIM.
3. Ibid. Volume 12, page 3, Article: MIN.
4. Ibid. Volume 2, pages 841 - 842, Article: AMIDAH.
5. Ibid. Volume 14, pages 815 - 816, Article: SAMUEL HA-KATAN
I would strongly object to anyone misusing this article to promote any kind of prejudice or anti-Semitism. It would be wrong to blame all Jewish people for the actions of some. Correspondingly, we would not want all Catholics to be blamed for the sins of some Catholics, which in some cases is much, much worse than the objectionable behavior listed here.
The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has affirmed the Jewish people’s special status as our “elder brother” ( using Pope John Paul II’s phrase) and that they have a “unique place among all other religions.” In the past, as Prefect of the Council for Doctrine and Faith, he stated that in the wake of the lessons of the Holocaust, “the Biblical Commission could not ignore the contemporary context, where the shock of the Shoah has put the whole question [of our relationship with the Jewish people and their Scriptures] under a new light.”
[See the Preface to “The Jewish People and their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible” released by the Vatican in 2001.]