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Akiba ben Joseph

(ca. 40/50–ca. 132/135). “Father of Rabbinic Judaism.” Systematized halakah and evolved new principles of interpretation; increased range of halakah. Influence also felt in philos., pol., and Haggada. See also Talmud.

L. Finkelstein, Akiba: Scholar, Saint, and Martyr (New York, 1962).


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