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This article was originally posted at www.tlvbiblesociety.org In New Testament times Judea had been long established as a Roman colony. Judaism, as we know it today (guided principally by rabbis, working with and through Jewish denominations–Orthodox, Conservative and Reform), by contrast, did NOT exist as such in Jesus’ day. Today’s Judaism morphed out of a post-70AD conference held in Javne, Israel. With the Jerusalem Temple’s demise, Jewish culture lost its religious epicenter. To fill that void, rabbis got to work and sculpted the synagogue-based religion we know today: referred to as Judaism,......

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