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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Deuterocanon about location of the Tabernacle

I just wanted to make a note about Tabernacle references in deuterocanon. I only found several verses in one book but they are very interesting.

Here is an excerpt from the book of Maccabees (2 Maccabees 4-8):

4 It was also in the same document that the prophet, having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should follow with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. 
5 Jeremiah came and found a cave-dwelling, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense; then he sealed up the entrance. 
6 Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the way, but could not find it. 
7 When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: ‘The place shall remain unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows his mercy. 
8 Then the Lord will disclose these things, and the glory of the Lord and the cloud will appear, as they were shown in the case of Moses, and as Solomon asked that the place should be specially consecrated.’

You can read the whole book here.

As you can see, the Tabernacle was hidden somewhere on Mt. Abarim (see Deut 32:49).

Unfortunately we do not know the location of this mountain and the text of Maccabees itself says that the location of the cave was lost. Therefore, this textual reference is pretty much useless but it is very interesting to say the least as it is the only near-Biblical source that talks about Tabernacle location.

Also, the book of Maccabees is not Torah just like all books of the NK (Neviim, Ketuvim) so it can't be considered an authoritative source. Since Torah include construction instructions for the Tabernacle, it would be safe to assume that the Tabernacle has been destroyed and it will be rebuilt during the next messianic event.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Rabanites vs. Karaites vs. Samaritans

I just wanted to provide a quick overview of three Jewish denominations: Rabbanites, Karaites and Samaritans and what books they believe to be divine.

Rabbanites (aka Rabbinic Judaism):

It comes in all shapes and forms and is known as "the Jews" in colloquial sense of this word as this denomination is the most widespread and common. This denomination accepts NK (Neviim and Ketuvim / Prophets and Writings) of the TaNaKh (Torah/Neviim/Ketuvim) plus extra biblical writings known as Oral Law or Oral Torah (Torah shebaal peh) which is basically Talmud (Mishnah and Gemarah) as well as other derrivative Rabbinic writings and commentaries.

Karaites (Karaite Judaism) 

This denomination accepts NK but rejects Oral Torah. However, Karaites have their own traditions that determine how the Torah is interpreted, which is similar to Rabbanites and their Oral Torah.


This denomination accepts only Torah plus the Book of Joshua. Samaritans also have their own traditions (Oral Torah) that define how Torah is interpreted.

Here is the summary comparison:

  • Rabbanites: Written Torah + Neviim + Ketuvim + "Oral Torah"
  • Karaites:     Written Torah + Neviim + Ketuvim + "traditions"
  • Samaritans: Written Torah + Joshuah + "traditions"
  • Me:             Written Torah ONLY

As you can see, not a single Jewish sect or denomination follows the Written Torah. All these sects and denominations add something to the Written Torah which is in clear violation of Torah's prohibition of adding to it. Basically, there is no pure form of "Judaism" that exists. This is the most important and significant detail to be considered if you are choosing what to believe.
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