Guest wrote:Was the talmud in existence during the days of paul and did he quote from it in his epistles? Can christians use it today?
Shalom. The Talmud (תַּלְמוּד) was compiled later (2nd Century AD), though Paul studied under Gamaliel the Elder, son of Simeon ben Hillel, and grandson of the Hillel the Elder, one of the early chazal (sages) and quoted in the Mishnah. The Talmud by itself is not "Christian-friendly" since it essentially is a huge set of discussions among Jews that range over hundreds of topics, both legal (regarding interpretation of the law), homiletic, aggadic (story-telling), and so on. That said, there is a wealth of information found in the Talmud, including fascinating discussions, debates, and interpretations of the Torah from the time of Ezra the Scribe (and the scribal traditions), the men of the Great Assembly (Sanhedrin), and the later Tannaim.