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The Myth of the Council of Jamnia and the Origin of the Bible

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In this video, Dr. Brant Pitre discusses the very widespread idea that there was a “Council of Jamnia” at the end of the first century in which Jewish Rabbis finally settled the discussion on what books were part of the Old Testament and which books were not. While the Council of Jamnia has been used as a reference point in many Catholic and Protestant discussions regarding the canon of Scripture — where some Protestants have tried to root the origin of their Old Testament Canon in the decision made at the Council of Jamnia — Dr. Pitre shows not only is there zero evidence for any such Council at Jamnia in 90 AD, but also that even if there were a decision, what authority would Jewish leaders have over Christians since those authorities have rejected Christ as the messiah?

Dr. Pitre will discuss when the theory of the Council of Jamnia was first proposed and read the actual text used as the basis for the theory.

You can find Dr. Pitre’s Bible study, The Origin of the Bible: Human Invention or Divine Intervention, where Dr. Pitre covers this topic of the Council of Jamnia, in addition to the canon of the New Testament and what happened as a result of the Protestant Reformation here:…

You can find all Bible studies by Dr. Brant Pitre at…

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