By Reuven Hammer

The mythical Akiva ben Yosef has involved Jews for hundreds of years. Arguably crucial 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 present day, and his theology performed a tremendous 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 very important function in supporting the Jewish humans live on tricky demanding situations to forge a colourful spiritual existence anew, and it keeps to steer Jewish legislations, ethics, and theology even this present day. Akiva’s contribution to the advance of Oral Torah can't be over priced, and during this first booklet written in English in regards to the sage considering 1936 Hammer reassesses Akiva’s position from the interval earlier than the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE till the Bar Kokhba insurrection in one hundred thirty five CE. He additionally assesses new findings in regards to the progress of early Judaism, the explanations why Akiva used to be so outspoken approximately “Christian Jews,” the effect of Hellenism, the Septuagint, and the canonization of the Hebrew Bible. finally Hammer exhibits that Judaism with out Akiva will be a truly varied religion.

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