Which Jews are now entrusted with such “Oracles”?
The Jews who became Christians such as Peter, Paul, etc. . . . OR . . . the Jews who rejected Christ and thrust the word of God away from themselves (think Pharisees)?
Thankfully Jesus told us . . . .
Consider what Jesus said . . .
MATTHEW 21:42-45 42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? 43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it. 44 And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but when it falls on any one, it will crush him.” 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them.
WHY think the Pharisees were still the authentic custodians of “Oracles” by the time Jamnia rolled around (in almost 100 A.D.)? Should we ask the Pharisees to give us the New Testament Canon too? No.
Objection!: Maybe the Pharisees still were custodians of this authority at the time of the school of Jamnia (Javneh).
Be careful with that. The Pharisees added curses there against their own Jewish Christian brethren called the “min” and still say these “prayers” (curses) today.
It is part of the Amidah prayers - “prayer” number 12 or the “Birkat HaMinim” (you can read the “prayer” here and draw your own conclusions). This is still “prayed” today among many rabbinic Jewish adherents.
Imagine if we Catholics had in our daily office “prayers” for our Protestant family members to be counted among the condemned (basically if we stood around praying that they went to Hell or that they were in a situation of “let there be no hope”)?
Or imagine if we sat around “praying” for our rabbinic Jewish friends and/or family members to be in a situation of “let there be no hope”!? Is that OK?
Is THIS act from the rabbis at Javneh (Jamnia) authoritative too?
Why not? Aren’t THEY passing on the “Oracles of God”?
The Pharisees also had a “trial” where they had a trial against Rabbi Eliezer (and God!). Rabbi Eliezer may have been set-up with this “oven disputation” trial because he was possibly “warming up” too much to the Jewish Christians. It is a long story and I won’t get into it here.
Naturally the Pharisees won. God (and Rabbi Eliezer) lost the trial!
You can see the story from a rabbinic Jewish perspective on a four-part video here.
If you want to read more about it from a Jewish perspective you can read Jesus in the Talmud by Peter Schäfer (although getting many favorable editorial Jewish reviews, I got to warn you it is a heart-breaking book to read. I had to fight back tears to see the shenanigans asserted against Jesus, Mary, and the followers of Jesus—us as Christians).
God’s alleged response to losing this trial at Jamnia? “My children have bested me” (is one translation).
This is the kind of overt pride from the people at a religious meeting who were allegedly in charge of “the Oracles of God” (telling God He is wrong?).
But the question remains: Did the Pharisees still have charge of the Oracles of God at the time of Jamnia?
Fortunately St. Luke (author of the book of Acts) intimates the answer when he tells us that St. Paul said . . . .
ACTS 13:46 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
And WHY reduce “Oracles of God” down to Scripture ALONE when the Bible doesn’t? Esp. when oral testimony was considered as “oracles of God” too (something Protestants refuse even though rabbinic Jews do properly assert in some sense).
The people knew “Oracles of God” went beyond the printed page. This was the case with John the Baptist. His testimony didn’t have to be written down first to become part of the “Oracles of God”.
Why accept the Pharisees at Jamnia? Especially since the rabbinic Jews themselves couldn’t settle their own Canon (Sadducees accepted only the Torah, Pharisees accepted the Prophets as well, some modern-day Jews even have a different Canon than the Pharisees at Jamnia had)—not to mention the curses they proclaim on Jewish Christians at Jamnia.
Who was given authentic authority from Christ (see John 20:21, etc. etc.)?
The Catholic Church is FULFILLED Temple Judaism, not mere rabbinic Judaism. If you can see that, there is no issue seeing the Jews as custodians of “the Oracles of God”, but it will be the FULFILLED Jews (Christians).