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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
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 AKIBA BEN JOSEPH HOL    Available
Description xiv, 223 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Jewish lives
Jewish lives (New Haven, Conn.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references 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.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9780300204872 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0300204876 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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