Rabbi Akiva became active in the Yavneh (Jabneh) community sometime after the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem in the year 70 CE and died in the Bar Kochba revolt of 132 – 136 CE. He grew up outside of the rabbinic community; joining it as a mature adult. He was a student of Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus and Rabbi Yehoshua ben Hananiah. Rabbi Akiva is a central figure in the texts found on this site. In texts highlighting Rabbi Yehoshua and Eliezer, he appears as a prospective leader eager to be where the action is. Rabbi Akiva is featured in the following texts on this site:
Tanur shel Achnai (“Oven of Achnai”)
Biting Like a Donkey
Whose Life Takes Precedence?
Moshe in Rabbi Akiva’s Classroom
“Bar Kochba is the Messiah”
The Greatest Principle of the Torah
Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon) Canonized