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Origin of the Word Sage

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What is better, the reward of YHWH through His spirit, or the reward of a sage?

The sages created many new traditions and halacha, adding them to the 613 mitzvoh compiled by Rambam during diaspora in 12th century Europe. Any person who wishes to know can trace all of it, STEP by STEP, over the last twelve centuries.

They were the smart scribes who could read and write amongst illiterate scattered Jews and only a few guys possessed the capability to argue what they were saying. As their power progressed and their reverence built due to the printing press, the following equation was formed.

To disagree with a sage = you’re no longer a Jew.

This is the modern LAW, halacha, as taught by rabbi through tractate commentary.

Please read on to understand how you insult all historic rabbi using this term so that you may become תָּמִים tamiym.

Origin of the Word Sage

The primary authors of Talmud date from 10-16th century, yet it is argued that sages go back to the 1st century with the House of Hillel. However, the word sage doesn’t exist in literature until the 12th century when much of modern Talmud was contrived and circulated through print by the 16th century.

I have no doubt of Sanhedrin tradition and the House of Hillel, yet Hillel never referred to himself as a sage, nor would he, as the word would not exist in literature until twelve centuries later. The French word sage is formulated through the Greek word sophos by rabbi in France from 12 – 14th century.

The word sage is a French translation of the Greek sophos and is someone who has obtained wisdom from both a Latin and Greek perspective, but primarily from a standing of Greek literature supporting Greek philosophy and Greek deities. False gods, if you believe in YHWH.

σοφὸς – Sophos (singular masculine) English pronounced (sa-fas).

Karl Ludwig Michelet wrote that “Greek religion culminated with its true god, the sage.” Pierre Hadot develops this idea, stating that “the moment philosophers achieve a rational conception of God based on the model of the sage, Greece surpasses its mythical representation of its gods.”

Indeed, the actions of the sage are propounded to be how a god would act in the same situation.

We see the origins of the word sage in the works of Empledocles, Epicurus, Horace, Plato, and Aristotle.[link]

There are of course volumes of Greek historical work explaining sophos, ALL of which pre-date any use by rabbi for more than a millennia.

Below is the etymology of the word sage. Notice the date of creation in literature for you brain washed talmidim that are not allowed to learn anything other than what your rebbe tells you.

sage (adjective)[etymology]

  • “wise,” c. 1300 (late 12th century as a surname), from Old French sage “wise, knowledgeable, learned; shrewd, skillful” (11c.), from Gallo-Roman *sabius,
  • from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere “have a taste, have good taste, be wise,”
  • from PIE root *sap- “to taste”

sage (noun)

  • kind of herb (Salvia officinalis), early 14th century from Old French sauge (13c.), from Latin salvia,
  • “man of profound wisdom,” mid-14th century (Babylonian Talmud origin with sage 1342)
  • from sage (adj.). Originally applied to the Seven Sages (Greek) – Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and Pittacus.

Sage is and always has been a French word from Greek and Latin.

And we find encyclopedia literature such as this:

Sages (Heb., hakhamim, sing., hakham). Jewish scholars and biblical interpreters, often translated as ‘the Wise’. The sages were the active leaders and teachers of the Jewish religion from the beginning of the second Temple period until the Arabian conquest of the East. They are also known as Ḥazal, an acronym for Ḥakhameynu zikhronam li-berakhah, ‘our sages of blessed memory’.[encyclopedia]

The above encyclopedia.com is 100% incorrect on the dating as the word sage was developed in literature during the 12th century from Greek and Latin as seen above.

The French word sage as meaning the Hebrew word “chakam” or “chachamim” for “the wise” is also inaccurate.

First of all, the French (origin from Greek) word sage is a noun – describing a person.

Chakam – חָכַם is a verb meaning “to be wise.”

Now the author could have mistakenly meant the word חָכְמָה – chokma, but this too is a verb, meaning to be filled with wisdom. Again, not referring to a person, but the occurrence of wisdom.

An easy explanation is to say that Rabbinical historians and modern Rabbi writing documentation simply choose to use the word sage instead of hakham “be wise,” and that none of this matters as we are describing a wise person.

This is not the case, as again, we have either a verb or a noun.

If you translate, “The son is wise,” to “The son is a sage,” – these are two different meanings.


Job 15:2, LXX

πότερον σοφὸς (sophos) ἀπόκρισιν δώσει συνέσεως πνεύματος καὶ ἐνέπλησεν πόνον γαστρὸς

Greek Septuagint to English, Job 15:2

“Does a wise man answer with blustery knowledge, or fill his belly with the east wind?”

Job 15:2, JPS 1917

הֶֽחָכָ֗ם יַעֲנֶ֥ה דַֽעַת־ר֑וּחַ וִֽימַלֵּ֖א קָדִ֣ים בִּטְנֽוֹ׃

Does a wise man answer with windy opinions, And fill his belly with the east wind?

Incorrect translation of Job 15:2,

“Does a sage answer with blustery knowledge, or fill his belly with the east wind?”

Do you see the difference?

Now instead of anyone being a “wise man” or experiencing wisdom, chokma, this is attributed ONLY to sages. ONLY to certain men in history.

For ANY Talmud tractate commentary, or otherwise that contains a rendition in Hebrew for the word sages in place of the Hebrew word,


was constructed no earlier than the 12th century through French rabbi.

This is fact and NOT debatable.

The French sages, or the Greek sophos, always refer to Greek wise men in history.

It is not until the 12th century do we see the Hebrew word change from being filled with wisdom, Chakam/hakham, to using the Greek sophos in it’s place.

But the average Jewish teacher (rabbi) simply ignores this fact or doesn’t know it. He believes what he is told, the rest is hidden. Why?

We understand Talmud through tradition and what we are told by the head rabbi, or Rosh HaYeshiva. Only those of us who study forensic language as a job, rather than just the study of tractate, understand this reality.

Translation from Hebrew to English does not render a French word as seen in ALL English translation of Talmud, which displays the inaccurate use of the word, or defying the linguistic logic; an error, a manipulation of text and language for a purpose.

Please educate yourself my Jewish brethren of the damning mistake made by scribal manipulation of YHWH scripture.

Translation of French to English my friend,

“Son père est un sage.”His father is very wise. (French to English)

Hebrew to English does not translate to a French word (sage). Do you understand?

For the Jewish students of historical Talmud, not those who study it’s exegesis, but those who research the origin and etymology, we know the facts, while the rest scuttle around in darkness under their rabbi; learning a pretense of the actuality, while those armed with the truth mediate the scorn of ignorance.

One example of this apparent defect in etymology is the use of the phrase “Nehardean sages” when describing rabbinical academies or Jewish communities in Iraq 2nd – 3rd century. The problem is not the historical tractate describing the Babylonian period of Jewish life, but the use of the word sage to describe such.

Yet we see this description from rabbi, wikipedia, dictionary, and aspiring doctoral candidates.

Is this just mere ignorance passed down teacher to student in blind academic devotion, or rather the disinterest in proper archaeological description of the epoch as required by any legitimate peer reviewed journal?

The fact of using a 14th century term, sage, to describe 3rd century historical figures is absurd. Yet, the brain washing is so permeated, the error so egregious, notable PhD wantonly quote such silly terminology as “Nehardean sages” without hint of the preposterous conflict the very term displays.

It’s easy for the ignorant to brush the shoulder off and say, “So what, we are just describing ‘wise men’ in history with the word sage. What’s the big deal?”

The least antagonistic answer is, if we are going to go with Greek or Latin words describing Jewish wise men why don’t we change the word to something a little less insulting than sage, perhaps sabine?

The word sage is about as egregious as it can get when defining a Jew.

The definition of sage is Greek idol worshiper.

As a Jew you can argue with this fact until your face turns purple.

Any argument you can invent, any historic reference you can quote, we’ll still be at THE HISTORIC FACT of what the definition of sage is,


Sabine is almost the same as sage in its description; the Greek’s worship Greek deities, whereas sabines worship Roman deities, just not as feverish in the pandering of false gods as the Greek Sage (the word sabine is a lesser evil).

The alarming answer is, you are using the definition of Greek wise men who worship false Greek gods to describe a Jewish rabbi, as that is the meaning of sage, from Greek/Latin to French, but seemingly that is too difficult, or obvious to understand for some reason.

Every single time a person calls a rabbi or a Jewish historical figure a sage, they are literally insulting the Jew and saying they are worshipers of Greek idols. You might not mean it that way, but a train is a train and a dog is a dog!

Understand your ignorance here!

We, as literary authors, are unable to change the “meaning of the word.” We can certainly manipulate the rendering to say whatever we want in text, but this by no means changes the historical origin.

A tree will always be a tree – no matter what language it changes to, SAME WITH THE WORD SAGE.

Why would a Jewish rabbi use the word sage if it describes the worship of Greek deities?

To answer that you would have to get in a time machine and fly back to the time of Rashi and the French rabbi’s who coined it. Who knows why they did it and it really doesn’t matter anyway; the chosen word exposed them for what they are, false representatives of YHWH. Eloheinu always exposes the truth.

Rashi (AD 1040-1105) was notably the greatest French rabbi, considered one of the greatest commentators of all time due to his voluminous work in Chumash (the five Books of Moses in Torah), Tanakh, and Talmud.

Rashi, born and died in France, was a well respected man by both Jewish and Christian scholars. He was an excellent translator of Hebrew to French, thus, “sages” out of the Hebrew “chokma” for wise men and naturally the word stuck as he was the preeminent Talmud editor of his time.

We can clearly see through Rashi commentary the manipulation of divine wisdom through Exodus 31:3,

וָאֲמַלֵּ֥א אֹת֖וֹ ר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֑ים בְּחָכְמָ֛ה וּבִתְבוּנָ֥ה וּבְדַ֖עַת וּבְכָל־מְלָאכָֽה׃

And I have filled him with the spirit of G-d, with wisdom [to learn from others], with understanding [to learn from what he has learned], with knowledge [the holy spirit], and with (skill in) all work.”

The red is Rashi addition and definition. Furthermore, in commentary Rashi states,

חכמה WISDOM is what a person hears from others and learns (makes his own).

תבונה UNDERSTANDING is understanding a matter by one’s own intelligence deducing it from the things one has already learned.

דעת means holy inspiration.

This is how we know Rashi is the one who not only defined what wisdom and understanding meant, but what the definition of Holy Inspiration is or how one is filled with the Holy Spirit.

Rashi is the historical persona who changed or “updated” the word of YHWH for the 12th century.

Rashi defined the Hebrew word wisdom,


with the new French word sage.

We can clearly see that Rashi did not believe in the divine filling of the Spirit of YHWH as according to the outpouring to Saul in 1 Samuel 10.

Rashi believed the spirit of YHWH had to BE LEARNED from someone else, notably a sage, or as taught by another rabbi as he clearly wrote in commentary,

חכמה WISDOM is what a person hears from others and learns (makes his own).

Saul did not learn the filling of the Holy Spirit from anyone as this came upon him suddenly,

“And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.” 1 Samuel 10:5-7

That is why you do not see any commentary by Rashi on this verse due to his attempt to change how the Spirit of YHWH governs man in Exodus 31:3.

Come now, read the words and learn. Throw off your shackles of foolishness and heed my instruction. Further evidence of Rashi changing this reality is 1 Samuel 10:5.

Rashi says of the group of prophets,

“A band of prophets. Targum Yonoson renders, ‘a band of scribes.’ ‘חֶבֶל’ is a band, similar to, ‘the חֶבְלֵי of the wicked surrounded me’ [rendered by Targum as], ‘the bands of the wicked surrounded me.'”

Do you not see? Here Rashi equates the prophets to the wicked to confuse the scripture below of 1 Samuel 10:10,

When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.”

This causes one to question or think “Is Saul with wicked prophets and why would the Spirit of YHWH come upon him since Saul will end up wicked?”

It’s simply to confuse the verse because Rashi has no commentary on verse 5 or verse 10 about the spirit of YHWH coming upon man as he already has a different opinion about how this is, namely ONLY through teachers as he states many times in commentary that after a man is taught by rabbi,

“then the Spirit of God came upon him”

Rashi only attempts to manipulate the verse to “wicked prophets,” and this,

“וּמִי אֲבִיהֶם can mean “Who is their teacher?” for one’s teacher is called his father as in II Melachim 2:12. He implied to the people that ‘ה is their teacher and just as He teaches the other prophets, He can teach Shaul too.—Radak

Again, Rashi equates verse 12 as that a prophet or the Spirit of YHWH that comes upon a man is still taught by the rabbi. This is very clear cut – no puns, very standard Rashi logic thinking.

Rashi believed and taught that the Spirit of YHWH came only upon men through other rabbi and clearly manipulated scripture in commentary to make others believe this falsity and is why Rashi DOES NOT commentate directly on verse that speaks of the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh coming upon men.

He knew that manipulating the verse with an opinion directly was very dangerous and peril for his soul.

As you just read, this is fact, and you are welcome to debate with your rabbi all you like. Rashi commentary is not going anywhere and cannot be changed.

This is how Rashi moved away from absolute divine governance of YHWH Spirit to that of governance of men or sages. This is how he attempted to make his voice and his followers voice to be equal with YHWH, which is idolatry and abomination.

It’s always about, “Look at what we did to MAKE that happen,” or the teachers take credit for the Spirit of YHWH coming upon man which is hypocrisy.

YHWH spirit has no need of your instruction, teaching, benevolence, or preparation for His spirit to do anything.


As Rashi teaching is clear, ONLY SAGE know anything or can pass anything to others as clearly defined by Rashi’s interpretation of scripture, tractate commentary, and coining of what all modern rabbinical Yeshiva teach – that of sage wisdom and divinity as defined by Rashi.

The simplicity of Rashi was brilliant as it wipes out any prophet to come along filled with the Holy Spirit to condemn wrong doing or challenge authority.

If you raise your hand and say a certain teaching is incorrect, you will be scorned unless you earn your place under another enlightened rabbi, which of course teaches you that you cannot say anything against traditional teaching, or you speak against Ruach HaKodesh.

This is a vicious traditional cycle of keeping authority at the expense of YHWH Spirit and His word.

Remember this,

D’varim 10:20

אֶת־יְהוָ֧ה אֱלֹהֶ֛יךָ תִּירָ֖א אֹת֣וֹ תַעֲבֹ֑ד וּב֣וֹ תִדְבָּ֔ק וּבִשְׁמ֖וֹ תִּשָּׁבֵֽעַ׃

You must revere the LORD your God: only Him shall you worship and fear, to Him shall you hold fast, and by His name shall you swear.


Who do you listen to and fear – YHWH or Rashi?

You choose either to fear the words of men or the word of YHWH!

Now this is argued that the words of men are granted by YHWH so that we are to fear His servants as the voice of YHWH.

FALSE! You manipulators of the word of YHWH, you snakes of deception! You will either fear YHWH or man – CHOOSE!

Rabbi today literally believe from Rashi that THEY are the ones who pass the Holy Spirit TO YOU rather than direct from YHWH as handed down through tradition in diaspora – it’s completely ridiculous.

If you are currently in Yeshiva, YOU receive the Holy Spirit direct from YHWH ONLY!

Not from your rabbi like some enlightened monk.

Anyone who teaches that they give out YHWH spirit and that you cannot receive direct from YHWH without them are Belial.

YHWH alone grants His Holy Spirit to whom He will. This is not learned or taught from another as Rashi has stated.

YHWH always shows the manipulation of His word through each generation of His servants. The people have a clear choice to be deceived or return back to following YHWH instead of Belial or Baal.

Only YHWH grants His divine Holy Spirit. Men can only receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit, one of which is Exodus 31:3-5,

And I have filled him (Bezaleel) with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.”

This is a divine gift – not learned from another rabbi as Rashi would have you believe.

Rashi commentary is standard reading today in all Yeshiva as is Maimonides (Rambam) who is considered second only to Moses.

All modern rabbi call commentators within Talmud tractate, sages, and their penned commentary is the authority that will govern any Jew who will listen to the army of rabbi enforcing their beliefs.

This was done for several reasons:

  1. It eliminated any person that could come along that is filled with the Holy Spirit to condemn evil, or argue as Jesus had done.
  2. It caused all rabbi to be considered “filled with the Holy Spirit” whether they were or not.
  3. It made all rabbi idols of divinity.
  4. Made any word uttered by a sage to be holy, divine, and incontestable.
  5. Gave them absolute unquestionable authority and lifetime positions.

There are over 20,000 text within modern Talmud and Mishneh writings with the word sages.

Look at at the myriad of verse attributing “the sages said,” – the word sage deifies the person communicating to you and makes him YOUR god – your idol.

The sage is the rabbinic idol – the origin of the word sage is a description of Greek idol worship.

This is a fact, according to Nachmanides, Rashi and Rambam. If you argue this reality, you are simply ignorant of the knowledge of your manipulation.

ALL Orthodox Jews are warned throughout Talmud tractate that if they speak a word against their sages, such as, Rashi and Rambam, they will be kareth – cut off from the community, financially, and spiritually.

According to Nachmanides, “The wisdom of the rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud, as well as the Geonim (rabbis of the early medieval era) was unquestionable. Their words were to be neither doubted nor criticized.”

In fact according to the sages, if you talk bad about their opinion, or disagree with their prophetic work and words –  you simply cease to be a Jew.

Sages are idols to any Jew blind enough to be led astray from YHWH.

No man who serves YHWH can be represented with the French word sage, as again, this word describes wise men who worship false Greek deities, which is idolatry to a Jew, Muslim, and Christian. You can argue this fact, but it does not change the history of the word, nor hide it.

However, I am sure Plato and Aristotle can give a better explanation than any of us at the day of judgment by YHWH.

You have to ask, why do rabbi or academia not change this reality?

The truth is, it’s too late to change. There are 667 million google search results of the term sages and 20,000+ renderings in modern Talmud using the word. It’s a colossal mistake of epic proportions and it’s a heck of alot easier to just go with it.

Yes, it’s outlandish to see in printed form knowing the reality of this and the only way to sustain the future integrity of Jewish culture is to change historical past.

I have no doubt that dictionary and encyclopedia will be changed in the future to reflect the word sage as developing in the 1st century as a French word, rather than the 14th century. We already see the manipulation of Encyclopedia stating that “the sage was a 2nd century persona.”

Only academic historian know the truth of etymology, the rest of society merely reads what has been manipulated in print to hide the mistakes, or sins of their forefathers. Again, it’s impossible to hide the origin of a word.

According to Dr. Menachem Katz,

“It is important to distinguish between scribal errors and scribal corrections. The Talmud was copied by professional scribes and students in a centuries-long process. One manuscript was copied from another (sometimes more than one), and mistakes, known as scribal errors, crept in during copying. Sometimes copyists read the text incorrectly, while on other occasions, they accidentally omitted entire words, phrases, and whole lines. Thus, one class of variants derives from scribal errors.”

Dr. Menachem Katz is Academic Director Emeritus of the Friedberg Manuscripts Project in Jerusalem.

One can go to great lengths changing historical education, as is standard practice in American academics, but burning books to eradicate knowledge has never worked permanently. YHWH allows preservation of history and although cunning men have attempted many a time to change history – the truth prevails.

The other question is, why would they change it? This would suggest a manipulation of tractate from it’s origin – and uh oh, we can’t have that, because you are told its from the 5th century and remember, you are not allowed to question a sage.

You may not heed my advice, but just know this, every time you refer to Rambam, or Rav Huna as a historic sage, you are insulting them by saying they worship Greek idols, which means you are slandering your rabbi and require asham.

You might not mean it that way. You might mean the word sage as reverence and honor, however, that is not what the word means.

You are told it means “wise men” and as already proven this is only in reference to Greek wise men who worshiped Greek deity.

The word sage in Greek meant the living embodiment of a god, an idol in the flesh representing a Greek god.

The word should never have been used to describe a Tzadik or rabbi and yet this proves the ignorance of those who do. In the attempt to make rabbi a living god to talmidim, scribes mistakenly chose the word sage for those who worship Greek deity.

There is nothing anyone can do to change this fact, except attempt to rewrite the history and eradicate any link to Greek scholars.

Only YHWH grants knowledge of truth and hidden meaning to whom He wills, all others grapple in the dark, in their ignorance.

Saying the “F” word, is still saying the “F” word, which is a curse word, and you are saying this about Tzadik every time you call them a sage !

You are merely guilty of an unknown sin. You did not know until now that you were sinning against your rabbi with this word and require asham.

Saying the word sage to represent Jews makes you טָמֵא tame (defiled) and you are guilty of an unknown sin, of which I am making known to you RIGHT NOW! Now you require asham. Once you realize through asham you have done this sin then you must chatat!

Proverbs 28:13

מְכַסֶּ֣ה פְ֭שָׁעָיו לֹ֣א יַצְלִ֑יחַ וּמוֹדֶ֖ה וְעֹזֵ֣ב יְרֻחָֽם׃

He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.

The word sage is a catch 22 don’t ya think?

This is the difference between those who are blind and deaf and follow the blind and deaf.

The servants of YHWH – DO NOT USE THE WORD SAGE TO REPRESENT a TZADIK, RABBI, or JEW to do so is slander!

Go ahead and take a half hour out of your life to research this for yourself and you will find this to be true. Here is a link to the etymology origin (sage).

If your rabbi tells you to sacrifice a lamb on an altar he built and says, “it’s ok, I allow it, just do it,” will you listen to him and do as usual – blindly follow a man’s thought?

Sage status is considered “divine” and “infallible” in rabbinic Judaism to degrees based on the sect you are from, as you well know.


“We bow before them, and even when the reason for their words is not quite evident to us, we submit to them.”

Thus, any heretical work can “creep in” if you are a super smart debater or well respected. What I say is true and if you don’t believe it – YOU ARE A HERETIC.

We see the evidence of such in most modern manuscript.

An example is the 1985 JPS – it’s so rife with error, it’s not even worthy as a commentary as you must cross reference everything.

It’s bad, I mean – real bad. No one can cite the 1985 JPS as a “legitimate source” and be called an ethical scholar.

In this generation we live now, a new Talmud will be birthed from modern rabbi who want to be Rambam.

Get your name into legendary status through commentary and take your place amongst the sages of old; your name in bright lights until Mashiach returns and wipes it all out.

Of course Eloheinu judgment is from YHWH to Rashi, Maimonides, all sages, and all people. All of us without HaMashiach Jesus must alone face YHWH at judgment, regardless of what any rabbi, priest, or Imam says.

It’s easy to lead a student with “you don’t understand the mitzvot” when that person will listen to everything you say without question.

To those of us who are not slaves to rabbi, but serve the real Mashiach Jesus, we know better, and choose only to believe YHWH scripture.

For those who have received Ruach HaKodesh, we can receive the knowledge from our true Father YHWH, glory and praise be to His mighty name!

The Jewish Virtual Library states,

“To this day, Maimonides and the French­ Jewish sage Rashi are the most widely studied Jewish scholars. Contemporary yeshiva students generally focus on the Mishneh Torah, and his Book of Commandments (Sefer ha­Mitzvot) a compilation of the Torah’s 613 commandments.”

Of course the word of a sage is the word of a deity for most modern Judaism, as that is the meaning of the word from the Greek – yet, many cannot see this, as this is hidden from you.

For all talmidim ensnared by the manipulation of history, the sage is their idol, their Balaam, instead of YHWH.

We who serve YHWH know this truth through HaMashiach.

How long will you choose to be blind and deaf?

May YHWH lighten your eyes and open your ears for the glorification of His name amen.