puthujjana my friend, look at my above post first you may have missed me post it while you was typing your response, i feel it covers important aspects that i have been trying to get accross.
Now concerning rebirth, it was taught as eternalism
"Going from there HE REAPPEARS there"
Emptiness, the essence of the buddhadhamma is about how there is no rebirth, no I to be reborn at all, no rebirth.
However over the centuries anatta and emptiness were mixed with rebirth, there was mixing of the mundane and the supermundane, this is where all confusion about the true dhamma comes from in my opinion.