I've explained the Old Covenant Jewish religion (what I call Biblical Judaism) accurately.
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No, you haven't. In fact it is obvious that you know very little about it.
It was on Mt. Sinai through Moses and Aaron, that Almighty God instituted His worship and a Jewish priesthood. Aaron the first priest of the OLd Law, and each one of the high priests on the Sinaitical law in succession after him, wore a breastplate of 12 precious stones each inscribed with the name of one of the 12 tribes of the nation for whom he offered sacrifice.
Every Jewish priest must belong to the tribe of Levi of the House of Aaron. that's why the house of Levi scrupously guarded its genealogies, that the line of its descent of its priests might be kept pure. Same thing with the house of David from whom the Messias was to come and might be certainly known. The Jewish Encyclopedia has quite a bit about the purity of the descent of the priests including the woman he desired to marry as far back as her great great grandparents.
But now the genealogical records of the house of Levi are no more...it's certain that there is no more a priesthood among Jews which can rightly claim to be of God.
And whoever believes that the Judaism before Jesus was somehow totally different from any of today's variants of Judaism ignores the tribal history of Judaism, the schism between Samaria and Judaea, and thousands of years of history.
The Judaism before Jesus was radically different from 70AD onward through today's modern Judaism. Here's a list how.
Biblical Judaism up until 70AD was a revealed religion, a God ordained faith, worship and way of life. Modern Judaism is man-made; has no Temple worship and does not have to be faithful to God and His laws to be considered a Jew.
Biblical Judaism is the religion of the descendants of Isreal. The children of Isreal (later called Jews) were chosen by God to be the keepers, teachers and interpreters of His law. This law included a priesthood selected from the tribe of Levi and the selection of Judah as the tribe from which the promised Messias would come to fulfill the Law. Modern Judaism doesn't fit this as they are no longer the keepers, teachers and interpreters of His law..as they have no priesthood from the tribe of Levi, no Temple, etc. as I have been saying all along.
Biblical Judaism as an organic religion dates from Moses, the lawgiver, through whom God instituted the religious and civil requirements of the Isrealites. An Isrealite is a person that worship God according to the Law of Moses and stems from Jacob the son of Isaac whose name was changed to Isreal Ex. 3:15. The name Isreal was given at a later date to the ten northern tribes that have disappeared 1Kings 2:28-30. ...and modern Judaism cannot physically keep the religious and civil requirements of the Isrealites. (Not to be confused with the modern nation of Isreal.)
Biblical Judaism, pure and unadulterated, is set forth in the Torah and the other inspired prophetical writings in the OLd Testament. Modern Judaism cannot physically keep the Torah.
Biblical Judaism is a sacerdotal (priestly) religion. Lev. 28. Modern Judaism has no priesthood for there is no distinctive tribe of Levi nor any genealogical evidence of the house of Aaron.
BIblical Judaism's worship centers in public sacrifices, homage paid to Almighty God through priests, in sin, guilt (trespass), peace, thank and other offereings. Before the Law was given to Isreal by God, through Moses, Adam, and his sons, Abraham and his posterity, Job and Melchidedec, offered sacrifices, as everyone was priest and minister of his own sacrifices, But with Moses came the delegation of that function and power, by Divine command, to Aaron, brother of Moses, and his family descendants, the Aaronic priesthood. Modern Judaism has no temple, no priesthood, no sacrifices, no altar, etc.
Biblical Judaism was a prophetic religion. It's prophets centered in the coming of the Messias (the Christ) from the tribe of Judah, the house of David, of a Virgin, in the village of Bethlehem. Modern Judaism has no prophets as the last Jewish prophet was Malachais.
Biblical Judaism sacrifices of Isreal were commanded to be offered in a central place, which was in the Ohel Moeb (portable sanctuary) while in the wilderness, and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Modern Judaism has no Temple as it was destroyed in 70AD and Jerusalem was burned to the ground.
Biblical Judaism first principle is belief in a transcendant, immanent, eternal God Whose oneness is stressed in its universal expression of faith, "Hear O Isreal, the Lord thy God, the Lord is One". This prayer might be the only point of unity of Biblical Judaism with modern Judaism.
So, here are some basic, indisputable explanations of what Biblical Judaism is from the viewpoint of Mosaic teachings as recorded in the OLd Testament. Becasue the Aaronic priesthood, the Mosaic sacrifices, and the Temple came to an end in 70AD biblical Judaism differs greatly and cannot be in accord with modern Judaism. Biblical Judaism ended over 20 centuries ago with the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Birth, Life, Works, Death and Resurrestion of the promised Messias. Christianity became the reality, the completion, the fulfillment of all the holy things biblical Judaism foreshadowed.
Leauki, with consideration to the other readers, if you wish to debate this further, perhaps we should cut and paste this to another blog?