Category Archives: Rabbinical Judaism and the messiah

Jesus and the rabbis

Where does Jesus fit into the rabbinical schools of his time? In the dialogues that have a rabbinical structure, he overwhelmingly comes out with a position similar to the House of Hillel. However, Hillel did not expect a messiah (Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Sanhedrin, Folio 99a). With its radical ideas of national purity, it would seem that the House of Shammai would be much more interested in a messiah who would drive the impure from the land and establish a kingdom where everyone would follow the Law.