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

by Brant Pitre July 19, 2016

Dr. Pitre covers this material and more in his set, The Origin of the Bible: Human Invention or Divine Intervention?

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?

Brant Pitre
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