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The bibliography at the end will enable the reader to pursue the subject further. Non-Catholic (1) Philo There was a story among the Jews in the Middle Ages to the effect that Aristotle accompanied Alexander the Great to Jerusalem, and, with characteristic Greek craftiness, obtained possession of the wisdom of Solomon, which he subsequently palmed off on his countrymen as his own.
Those who require further information on this head may be referred to the special articles in THE CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA, and to the works mentioned in the bibliography. A visitor to Alexandria at the time when Christ was preaching in Galilee would find there and in its vicinity a million Jews using the Septuagint as their Bible, and could enter their magnificent Great Synagogue of which they were justly proud.Special attention is directed to the list of the best modern non-Catholic commentaries in English [V (3)]. Whoever had not seen it was not supposed to have beheld the glory of Israel.The members of their Sanhedrin, according to Sukkah, were seated on seventy-one golden thrones valued at tens of thousands of talents of gold; and the building was so vast that a flag had to be waved to show the people when to respond.He was of noble birth, wealthy, learned, and is called by the Jews "Our Master the Saint" or simply Rabbi par excellence . It is written in New Hebrew, and consists of six great divisions or orders, each division containing, on an average, about ten tractates, each tractate being made up of several chapters.The Mishna may be said to be a compilation of Jewish traditional moral theology, liturgy, law, etc.At the head of this assembly, on the highest throne, was seated the alabarch, the brother of Philo.
Philo himself was a man of wealth and learning, who mingled with all classes of men and frequented the theatre and the great library.
There were other traditions not embodied in the work of Rabbi, and these are called additional Mishna.
The discussions of later generations of rabbis all centred round the text of the Mishna.
Jamnia became the head-quarters of Jewish learning until 135.
Then schools were opened at Sepphoris and Tiberias to the west of the Sea of Galilee.
These teachers are said to have handed down and expanded the Oral Law, which, according to the uncritical view of many Jews, began with Moses.