The Destruction of the Second Temple and the Development of Judaism as a Worldwide Faith


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The Destruction of the Second Temple: The Rabbinical Tradition as Catalyst for the Development of Judaism as a Worldwide Faith
The destruction of the Second Temple, far from bringing about the end of Judaism, instead resulted in the spread and development of the faith over the entire planet. The Rabbinical tradition allowed the spread of teaching from the mere fragments left of the faith following the destruction of the Second Temple. Left without a geographical center for worship, the oral tradition of the Judaic priests gave way to the written tradition of the Midrash, Torah, Mishnah and Gemarah, under the distinct guidance in textual authority by the Rabbi. The Rabbis elaborated on the fragments of the cultish tradition that strongly...
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.....cond Temple. They were able to use their innate expertise in doctrinal interpretation and dissemination to liberate the faith from cultish origins and reliance on ritualistic worship. Their ability to expand and expound the canonical tradition transmitted the principles of Judaism throughout the world.
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