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Author Holtz, Barry W., author.

Title Rabbi Akiva : sage of the Talmud / Barry W. Holtz.

Publication Info. New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  296.092 HOLTZ    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 223 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Series Jewish lives
Jewish lives (New Haven, Conn.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-214) and indexes.
Contents Akiva's world -- A self-created sage -- A love story -- The growth of a scholar -- Among the rabbis -- In the orchard -- The last years -- Epilogue : the afterlife of Akiva.
Summary "Born in the Land of Israel around the year 50 CE, Rabbi Akiva was the greatest rabbi of his time and one of the most important influences on Judaism as we know it today. Traditional sources tell how he was raised in poverty and unschooled in religious tradition but began to learn the Torah as an adult. In the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE, he helped shape a new direction for Judaism through his brilliance and his character. Mystic, legalist, theologian, and interpreter, he disputed with his colleagues in dramatic fashion yet was admired and beloved by his peers. Executed by Roman authorities for his insistence on teaching Torah in public, he became the exemplar of Jewish martyrdom. Drawing on the latest historical and literary scholarship, this book goes beyond older biographies, untangling a complex assortment of ancient sources to present a clear and nuanced portrait of Talmudic hero Rabbi Akiva." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Akiba ben Joseph, approximately 50-approximately 132.
Rabbis -- Biography.
Tannaim -- Biography.
Akiba ben Joseph, approximately 50-approximately 132. (OCoLC)fst01803705
Rabbis. (OCoLC)fst01086311
Tannaim. (OCoLC)fst01142808
Akiba ben Joseph ca. 50-135/36 (DE-588)1089882963
Genre/Form Biographies.
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 9780300204872 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0300204876 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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