Talmud

Question

I believe Tanakh is the Word of God. But concerning Talmud, I’m not sure. Is there any proof that Talmud is divinely inspired?

9 months

Answers

  1. All authentic Jewish sects accept the Oral Law as being definitive. In fact, it is completely impossible to understand the Written Torah without the Oral Torah as most of the details of the commandments do not appear in the Written Torah at all.

    The Talmud is a little difficult to define as it is both the Oral Law and a compendium of the many teachings of the Rabbis who lived during the Talmudic period. The principles and major ideas of the Oral Law were transmitted by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai together with the Written Law and were handed down verbally, with private notes, and through practice until most of it was written down by Judah the Prince in about 170 CE. There are no contradictions in either the Written or the Oral Law. However there are arguments and differences of opinion in the understanding, application and interpretation of the Oral Law. And clearly, since the system was given by God to humans, He knew that there would be arguments as is stated in Deuteronomy.

    For a better understanding of the Talmud and its place within Jewish Law I would recommend the following books:

    ArtScroll Schottenstein Edition has an excellent introductory volume.

    The Oral Law by Harry C. Schimmel is a fantastic book.

    There is also an English translation of R. Zvi Hirsch Chiyus (Chajes) “Student’s Guide Through the Talmud”

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team

  2. All authentic Jewish sects accept the Oral Law as being definitive. In fact, it is completely impossible to understand the Written Torah without the Oral Torah as most of the details of the commandments do not appear in the Written Torah at all.

    The Talmud is a little difficult to define as it is both the Oral Law and a compendium of the many teachings of the Rabbis who lived during the Talmudic period. The principles and major ideas of the Oral Law were transmitted by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai together with the Written Law and were handed down verbally, with private notes, and through practice until most of it was written down by Judah the Prince in about 170 CE. There are no contradictions in either the Written or the Oral Law. However there are arguments and differences of opinion in the understanding, application and interpretation of the Oral Law. And clearly, since the system was given by God to humans, He knew that there would be arguments as is stated in Deuteronomy.

    For a better understanding of the Talmud and its place within Jewish Law I would recommend the following books:

    ArtScroll Schottenstein Edition has an excellent introductory volume.

    The Oral Law by Harry C. Schimmel is a fantastic book.

    There is also an English translation of R. Zvi Hirsch Chiyus (Chajes) “Student’s Guide Through the Talmud”

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team