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'The Birkat HaMinim'
Shlama Friends,

I started to put this in the Nazarene/Messianic Jewish section of the Forum, but since it may bear on Church of the East issues too, I decided to put it here.

'The Birkat HaMinim'

"For the renegades let there be no hope, and may the arrogant
kingdom soon be rooted out in our days, and the Nazarenes and
the Minim perish as in a moment and be blotted out from the book
of life and with the righteous may they not be inscribed.
Blessed art thou, O Lord, who humblest the arrogant."

The question has been debated as to the Minim were. The older
text quoted, as well as Rashi and others, show that the
"Nazarenes," or Jewish Christians, were one of the groups
referred to as Minim. Jakob Jocz, professor emeritus of
systematic theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto,
suspects that Minim is a corruption of ma'aminim, "believers"
referring to the Jewish Christians. A Jewish Christian can
hardly be expected to recite a prayer against himself; the Birkat
Haminim, therefore, was an effective tool to disassociate the
Jewish believers from the synagogue. It was not that they
decided to leave--they were forced out by the leadership.

From the book, "Y'shua, The Jewish Way to Say Jesus," by Moishe

Yeshua predicted all of this. He said that it would all happen,
exactly the way that it did.

The above "prayer" was composed by Rabbi Samuel the Lesser, who
died about 125 A.D., as one of "The 18 Benedictions" that ALL
members of the synagogue were FORCED to recite.

Believers in Yeshua would NOT, of course, recite a prayer against
themselves, or against Adonai Yeshua.

By NOT reciting this, Believers were then expelled from the

When this curse was composed, the Believers in Yeshua, both Jews and the God Fearers (Gentiles who had converted to Judaism, but believed in Yeshua as Messiah) HAD NO CHOICE but to leave the Synagogues.

OK, my question is, is 'Birkat HaMinim' **an Aramaic term?**

Ditto for 'ma'aminim', is THIS an Aramaic term too?

Could it be possible that this "blessing/curse" caused the ancient Nazarenes to flee to their Assyrian neighbors?

I mean, I realize that the Roman siege of Jerusalem is what caused the Messianic/Nazarene Community to flee across the Yarden River to Pella.

But perhaps this curse caused some of the Sabbath/Sunday conflict (that seemed to happen only a short time later).

That maybe a shot in the dark, I don't know, but I do wonder.

Anyway, thanks for any assistance.

Shlama, Albion

Messages In This Thread
'The Birkat HaMinim' - by *Albion* - 01-10-2008, 05:43 AM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by Dawid - 01-10-2008, 01:24 PM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by yaaqub - 01-10-2008, 01:45 PM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by Dawid - 01-10-2008, 01:48 PM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by yaaqub - 01-10-2008, 01:51 PM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by yaaqub - 01-10-2008, 01:54 PM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by yaaqub - 01-10-2008, 02:01 PM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by Dawid - 01-10-2008, 02:20 PM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by yaaqub - 01-10-2008, 02:31 PM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by *Albion* - 01-10-2008, 09:32 PM
Re: 'The Birkat HaMinim' - by Dawid - 01-10-2008, 09:38 PM

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