Rabbinic Judaism grew from the heritage of the
past, the Law of Moses and the Messianic hope for the future. It was formed by a
group of rabbis who believed that when God gave Moses the Law at Mount Sinai he
also received an oral tradition of knowledge that gave more details about the
written traditions of the Hebrew Bible and how it should be adapted.
The rabbis’ first writings is called the Mishanh, it is a record of the
oral tradition so that Jews might understand how to prepare for the coming of