Akiva, Life, Legend, Legacy. Reuven Hammer.

Akiva, Life, Legend, Legacy

Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, (2015). 9780827612150. 8vo. Cream paper covered boards with blue cloth spine stamped in gold. 243 pp. including extensive index. Fine / Fine dust jacket. Item #991
ISBN: 9780827612150

The legendary Akiva ben Yosef has fascinated Jews for centuries. One of an arguably the most important of the Tannaim, or early Jewish sages, he lived during a crucial era in the development of Judaism as we know it today, and his theology played a major part in the development of Rabbinic Judaism. Reuven Hammer details Akiva's life as it let to a martyr's death and delves into the rich legacy Akiva left us. That legacy played an extraordinarily important role in helping the Jewish people survive difficult challenges and forge a vibrant religious life anew and it continues to influence Jewish law, ethics, and theology even today. Akiva's contribution to the development of Oral Torah cannot be overestimated, and in this first book written in English about the sage since 1936, Hammer reassesses Akiva's role from the period before the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE until the Bar Kokhba Revolt in 135 CE.

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