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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 an important period within the improvement of Judaism as we all know it this day, and his theology performed a massive half within the improvement of Rabbinic Judaism. Reuven Hammer information Akiva’s existence because it ended in a martyr’s demise and he delves into the wealthy legacy Akiva left us.

That legacy performed an awfully very important position in aiding the Jewish humans live on tricky demanding situations to forge a colourful non secular lifestyles anew, and it keeps to steer Jewish legislations, ethics, and theology even at the present time. Akiva’s contribution to the improvement of Oral Torah can't be over priced, and during this first booklet written in English in regards to the sage given that 1936 Hammer reassesses Akiva’s position from the interval prior to the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE until eventually the Bar Kokhba insurrection in one hundred thirty five CE. He additionally assesses new findings concerning 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 indicates that Judaism with no Akiva will be a really assorted religion.

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