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Akiva: Life, Legend, Legacy by Reuven Hammer

By Reuven Hammer

The mythical Akiva ben Yosef has interested Jews for hundreds of years. Arguably an important of the Tannaim, or early Jewish sages, Akiva lived in the course of a vital period within the improvement of Judaism as we all know it at the present time, and his theology performed an incredible half within the improvement of Rabbinic Judaism. Reuven Hammer info Akiva’s lifestyles because it resulted in a martyr’s loss of life and he delves into the wealthy legacy Akiva left us.

That legacy performed an awfully vital function in aiding the Jewish humans live to tell the tale tough demanding situations to forge a colourful non secular existence anew, and it keeps to persuade Jewish legislations, ethics, and theology even this day. Akiva’s contribution to the improvement of Oral Torah can't be over priced, and during this first e-book written in English in regards to the sage considering 1936 Hammer reassesses Akiva’s position from the interval prior to the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE until eventually the Bar Kokhba riot in a hundred thirty five CE. He additionally assesses new findings in regards to the progress of early Judaism, the explanations why Akiva was once so outspoken approximately “Christian Jews,” the impact of Hellenism, the Septuagint, and the canonization of the Hebrew Bible. eventually Hammer exhibits that Judaism with no Akiva will be a truly diversified religion.

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