Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef

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:


Dispute over the Calendar

The Deposing of Rabban Gamaliel

Rabbi Akiva Does Not Get the Job

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”

Four Entered the Pardes (“Garden”)

Two Thrones in Heaven

The Greatest Principle of the Torah

Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon) Canonized

Pappus and the Death of Rabbi Akiva

The Death of Rabbi Eliezer

Elisha ben Abuyah and Rabbi Meir

Our Teacher -- the Sun

Excellence of the Sages