Author: Stephen Gruber
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
A historical analysis of the Rabbinic Academy at Yavneh (Jamnia), Israel ca. 70-85 CE, under the leadership of Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, and the so-called "cursing" of heretics. The book asks, did Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai and contemporary rabbis conspire to conceal from the Jewish people the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth as Israel's true Messiah? The book also examines the historical context of Palestine under Roman occupation, the relationship between Roman authorities and Jewish leaders, the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE, the subsequent rise of the Jewish Academy, the policies implemented at Yavneh by Jewish leaders, and other topics. The author clearly admits that the historical information is limited, and leaves it to the reader to continue their journey for more answers.