The following information was written as a footnote to the "In Defence of Chabad" Parts 1 & 2 Article. The information was presented specifically to support Gamaliel's view of the sect. We have to keep in mind that the work itself is a compilation of letters and reports, so some chapters may be less credible than others. Rabbi Robert O. Miller is in support of the volume's authenticity and has a very detailed audio teaching on the work which first drew me to purchase a copy.
I merely present it here as food for thought. The early Church fathers saw the apostate work, "The Infancy of Messiah" as authentic (The Anti-Nicean Church Fathers volumes have the full work [All the volumes are available at Koorong]), which in contrast is laughable compared to the detail and accuracy of some of the Arkcho Volume's info despite some letters being more questionable than others.
I am basically requesting "a don't throw the baby out with the bath water" scenario.
Anyway, here's what I put together.
Footnote from in Defence of Chabad
In chapter five of a controversial book called the Archko Volume or as it is lesser known, The Archeological Writings of the Sanhedrim and Talmuds of the Jews, one can read Gamaliel’s findings after an interview with Yahshua’s parents, Yoseph (Joseph) and Miriam (Mary). According to this work, his conclusions corroborate not only his later “wait and see” attitude toward the Natsarim in Acts 5, but his feelings toward their son’s eligibility to be Moshiach.
Though the authenticity of this publication is disputed among scholars, the majority if it which consists of letters, testimonies, and reports by the likes of Caiaphas, Herod, and Pontius Pilate are compellingly accurate in there language, procedural detail and historic context. The existence of this work (initially available only in a Latin transcript) was made known by H.C. Whydaman and was obtained as a copied document by Father Freelinhusen, a chief guardian of the Vatican in 1858. It was then translated in English the following year. Some readers, who refute the authenticity of the Archko Volume may wish to disregard this citation as support.
The introduction to Gamliel’s interview consists of the following:
“The hagiographa of holy writings, found in St. Sophia Mosque at Constantinople, made by Gamaliel, in the Talmuds of the Jews, 27 B. It seems Gamaliel was sent by the Sanhedrim to interrogate Joseph and Mary in regard to this child (Yahshua)…”
The details of his findings based on specific citations by the prophets are interesting, if not controversial, but the inclusion of the following excerpt is meant only as supporting material in regard to his attitude toward the Natsarim in Acts 5.
"Now, Masters of Israel, after having investigated this matter; after tracing (Yahshua) from his conception to the present time; after obtaining all the information that is to be had on this important subject, getting it from those who are more likely to tell the truth from the fact they are disinterested persons; and then taking a prophetical as well as a historical view of the subject, I have come to the conclusion that this is the (Messiah) that we are looking for. And as a reason for my conclusion, I will call your attention to the following facts: First to the prophecy of Isaiah, section 7: And he said, Hear now, saith the Lord. Oh, house of David, is it a small thing for you? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name G-d with men. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good; for before the child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good the land that G-d abhorrest shall be forsaken of her king.' Section 8: Bind the testimony; seal the law among his disciples; the Lord will hide his face from the house of Jacob, and he will look for him.' Here is a literal fulfilment of this word of the Most High G-d, so clear and plain that none may mistake. Jeremiah, 31st section: Turn, oh virgin, to thy people, for the hand of the Lord is upon thee; for the Lord shall create a new thing in the earth; a woman shall compass a man.' Here again are set forth the same things that Isaiah speaks of, and the same things that I have learned from (Miriam). Micah, section 5: Thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, thou art little among the thousands of Judah; out of thee shall come forth unto me him that shall rule my people. He is from everlasting; and I will give them up until the time she travailed to bring forth my first born, that he may rule all people/ Here we have the city, the virgin, the office, his manner of life, the seeking him by the Sanhedrim. All these things are under our eyes as full and complete as I now write them, who have all this testimony given in this letter. How can we as a people dispute these things? In the 49th section of Genesis, making reference to the history, that is now upon us, the writer says : 'A captive shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawmaker from him, until Shiloh come, and gather his people between his feet, and keep them forever,'"