Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Oral Tradition

Last night we had a guest speaker at our church; none other than Rabbi Richman, a Jewish Rabbi, and the International Director of the Temple Institute. The organization's goal is the rebuilding of the Holy Temple on the Temple Mount, as well as the creation of the tools and objects used in service by the priests.

Rabbi Chaim Richman

I've heard him speak a number of times before, and it's been really interesting. Last night's, however, was especially interesting. His topic was mainly to do with the Oral Tradition that the Jews have, which contains more in-depth information on what is written in the Torah. They believe this information has been passed down verbally all the way from Moses, when he received it from God during the 40 days and nights he was up on the mountain.

He brought out some very interesting points about a number of Bible scriptures that if simply read over don't seem that special, but when looked at more closely, seem to be interconnected. The overview is as follows:

In Genesis, we read about Jacob making a coat of many colors for Joseph just before he was sold into slavery. Surely this wouldn't have been mentioned for no reason, and in fact, throughout the scriptures, a special garment is mentioned numerous times. For example, the garment that Rachel put on Jacob when he was going to go see his father, Isaac.

The Oral Tradition says that God gave Adam a special garment, which was handed down through the generations, to Noah, later to Nimrod, and then to Esau (Apparently, these last two got it under suspicious circumstances). That would be the garment that Jacob wore to see his father, and later, the same one he gave to Joseph.

One interesting thing to note about the garment was that it is supposed to give the wearer some kind of control of animals. This could have something to do with the fact that Nimrod and Esau were hunters, and may well have assisted Noah in his care of the animals during his time on the Ark.

The question begs to be asked, however... if this garment survived for over a thousand years, surely it continued on much longer. Perhaps even until today, in which case, where might it be?

There's a lot more detail which I can't cover here, and it might seem really unclear just from this brief description. Some of the links in this article will shed some light on the Oral Tradition itself. I would love to discuss it with anyone who has an interest, however, and if you want to see the entire recorded lecture, send me an email and I will let you know how you can access it. I guarantee you will be intrigued, regardless of whatever else you may think.

Temple Institute
Temple Mount
Oral Tradition

Labels: ,

3 Smart Remarks:

Anonymous shelley said...

Great summary Andrew. I found the Rabbi's talks interesting as well. How much we could learn if we knew Hebrew and Jewish traditions!

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Susanna said...

That is very interesting about the garment! It would be awesome if they could find the garment now.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous e. said...

We were not able to listen...might have to Archieve some time :)

Sounds very interesting.

10:37 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home