Yes it's a mean Canon as it promotes prejudice and kills opportunities for witness. But sometimes we make poor decisions in anger or in the heat of the moment, without taking the consequences or future implications into consideration. The Fathers for the most part tried the best they could but they made mistakes too, while their intentions were good they didn't always do things in the way that would be pleasing to God or demonstrate the love of Yeshua.
Nazarene, have you so soon forgotten the discussion on the Jewish Council of Jamnia in 90 AD and the Jewish decision to throw all Christian Jews out of the synagogues. They managed this by adding a prayer cursing Christians to the evening service in the synagogues. Jewish Christians went on worshipping in the synagogues until
the Jewish Council of Jamnia in the year 90. The Council of Jamnia added a
prayer cursing Christians to the Friday evening prayers and this made it
impossible for Christians to continue praying in the synagogues.
about the final separation of the Jewish Christian community and the
Here is something I wrote elsewhere...
The Jewish anti-Christian attitude started to come to the fore very early
after the death of Christ.
The separation of Jews and Christians took place in stages. Jewish
Christians throughout the Empire stopped attending synagogues as Jews began
to denounce them to the Roman authorities for belonging to a forbidden sect.
The separation was fully complete in 90 AD, by the choice of the Jews.
The Jewish Council of Jamnia held in 90 AD was an explicitly anti-Christian
council which (among other things) added a benediction-cursing prayer to the
worship service for the express purpose of excluding Christians from
participating in Jewish Sabbath worship.
Here is a quote from the book "John and Jamnia: How the Break Occurred
between Jews and Christians", by Fredric Manns (1988), pages 25-26.:
"Jews who believed Jesus was the Messiah continued to frequent the
synagogue. By doing this, they followed the example of the Apostles who went
to the temple every day for prayer. James [for example] ... spent all day
praying on his knees in the temple, according to Eusebius of Caesarea. After
the destruction of the Temple, the Jews decided to break with those who
recognized Jesus as the Messiah.
Under Rabbi Gamaliel they inserted the 'benediction-curse of the Minim' into
the prayer called Shemone Esre.
The text of this benediction, as it appears in the Geniza of Cairo is as
follows: 'May apostates have no hope and the kingdom of
impertinence be uprooted in our day. May the Nozrim
and Minim disappear in the twinkling of an eye. May
they be removed from the book of the living and not
be inscribed among the just. Blessed art thou, O Lord,
who cast down the proud.'
Three categories of people are affected by this 'benediction-curse'.
1. First of all, Jews who collaborate with the Romans,
2. the Roman empire itself, and finally,
3. Jews who follow Jesus.
The latter are designated under the titles of Nozrim and Minim ... (Nozrim
means "followers of the Nazarene and is still used for Christians in Israel,
for example, modern Israeli legislation dealing with Christians terms us as
The establishment of this 'benediction' was therefore the equivalent of
driving the Minim and Nozrim [Christians] from the synagogue."
When the Jews changed their liturgy so that Christians would be calling down
curses upon themselves if they participated in it, the Jews who believed in
Jesus found themselves completely excluded from temple worship.