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TheFarseer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:00 AM
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Fox & Friends has a Religion correspondent?!?!
I like to watch their delusional financial programs that are on Saturday morning, but I was a little early and caught some Fox and Friends. This morning they were examining incorrect statements and bias in textbooks. They had two examples:

"Christianity was started by a young Palestinian names Jesus." Fox claims that Jesus was a rabbi (not true) who preached the word of God in Judea and Galilee (true it isn't accurate to call Jesus and Palestinian, but at the same time, isn't Judea/Galilee and Palestine roughly the same area?)

"The Ten Commandments are the laws that Moses CLAIMED were given to him by God" "(paraphrased)The Koran is the word of God passed down to Mohamed by God" Notice the lack of the qualifier CLAIMED when it comes to Islam! How long did they fish for this? I'm sure an American textbook does not teach Islam as fact. This entire segment was lame even by Fox standards.
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paulsby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:56 PM
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at the time of jesus, (and assuming he existed), he was by the accepted standards of the time, a rabbi iow a teacher of jewish law, and one who is followed and recognized by his followers as that teacher.

the MODERN convention is that a rabbi is ordained. but that was not the case in jesus' time.

here is a quote from a pretty good wiki article on rabbis, under the heading "what is a rabbi"

"Historically and until the present, recognition of a rabbi relates to a community's perception of the rabbi's competence to interpret Jewish law and act as a teacher on central matters within Judaism. More broadly speaking, it is also an issue of being a worthy successor to a sacred legacy."

jesus, as portrayed in the new testament, was clearly a rabbi, as they were understood at the time.

the word means "teacher" or "my great one".

so, really it's a quibble at best.

there were no ordained rabbis at the time of jesus, but by the meaning of the word rabbi (and maybe how he was addressed, assuming he existed), jesus was a rabbi - a teacher of jewish law.

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