The Masoretic Recension

The impetus to contrive a new Hebrew Scriptural Text stems from the growing dissatisfaction with the Septuagint amongst the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Sanhedrin Council, who denied that the Messiah had come. Not only did the Septuagint have the 5500-year Genesis timeline, and the apocryphal books which support that timeline, it had also added the works of the Apostles.

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By 135 AD, the Septuagint had fallen out of favor and the Rabbis needed to come up with an alternative. They initiated the concept of a new Hebrew Text around 70 AD and it developed over many years and gained wide acceptance by the 6th century as the Masoretic Text was published.

In his book “Seder Olam Rabbah” Rabbi Yose ben Halafta, declares that the year in which many proclaimed that Yahusha (Jesus) the Messiah had come, in 1 AD, was only 3760 years after the creation of Adam; therefore, he couldn’t possibly have been the King of the Hebrews from prophecy.  

  • The writers of the Masoretic Texts made the following denials of accepted beliefs held by the followers of Yahusha (Jesus):
  • They denied that many of the existing Scriptural books in the Ancient Hebrew Texts and the Septuagint were legitimate.
  • They denied the Creation Timeline in the Ancient Hebrew Texts and the Septuagint.
  • They denied the legitimacy of the writings of the Apostles.
  • The denied that Yahusha (Jesus) was the Messiah and that the “Prophecy” had been fulfilled.
  • They changed the Septuagint translation of Daniel 9, which associates the Prophecy with the coming of the Messiah, to one regarding the destruction of the Temple.

Septuagint vs. Masoretic Texts Begotten Ages Table

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Matthew 23:13

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Matthew 23:27

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Africanus asserted that “the Hebrew scribes and rabbis purposely hid from the knowledge of the people as many of the passages which contained any scandal against the elders, rulers, and judges, as they could, some of which have been preserved in the canonical writings.” He backs up his theory by recounting the Hebrews violence against their own Prophets, and atrocities against Yahusha (Jesus) and the Apostles, as recorded in the New Testament.

Matthew 12:14

Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

Matthew 23:34

Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

The rabbinic world chronology in the Seder Olam Rabbah (ca. 1 AD.40–160), based on the Masoretic Text, dates Creation to 3761 BC.  The Seder Olam was developed and written by the very same rabbis who deflated the Masoretic Texts numbers in the Book of Genesis Chapters 5 and 11 to discredit the idea that the Messiah had already arrived. Simply stated, the rabbinic date of Creation derived from the authoritative Seder Olam places Yahusha’s (Jesus’) life too soon for him to have been the Messiah. This reduction was done in conjunction with their reinterpretation of Daniel 9, which they associated with the Temple’s destruction instead of the coming of the Messiah. Reinterpreting Daniel 9, adopting the Seder Olam as authoritative, and reducing the primeval chronology in their Hebrew texts worked together as rationales for rejecting him as the Messiah.

The deliberate chronological deflation of over 1500 years in the proto–Masoretic Hebrew text arose around 70 AD. In his book, the Chronicle, (AD 260/265–340) Eusebius became the first historian to explain that the rabbis deliberately deflated the proto–Masoretic Text chronology. Many other ancient writers including, Jacob of Edessa (AD 640–708), Armenian annalist Bar Hebraeus (1 AD.226–1286), Byzantine chronologist George Syncellus (d. AD 813) and Julian of Toledo (AD 642–690) also made this claim.

From Septuagint to the Masoretic Text Table

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