Ben at Dunelm Road shares an anecdote from this week where he asked Loren Stuckenbruck about the Council of Jamnia:
Professor Loren Stuckenbruck gave an interesting paper this week on the area of the apocrypha and its interaction with Jewish and Christian canons. He didn’t mention the council at Jamnia so I asked about its role in the debate. I got an odd look from him, and he responded in a gracious manner saying that it is highly debatable that that ever happened. Doh! So I asked him to clarify. He didn’t go into detail but said a process of standardization occured but mostly in the 2nd century and that the process was retrojected back into the first century. So, for those of you like me that were fed the Jamnia story, learn your lesson from my experience and hold your tongue in public discussions.
I’ve been shouting at the top of my lungs that there was no ‘council’ of Jamnia since my days in the AOL chat rooms but nobody ever wanted to listen. Too many scholars said there was one, they’d say. So it’s so nice to see someone else relaying a report of its gross exageration! Like I once said to Kevin Edgecomb regarding the farce that is the ‘council’ of Jamnia, “It’s always struck me as one of those scholarly myths like ‘Q’ or objectivity.” ;-)