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Ḥanina ben Gamaliel


ḤANINA BEN GAMALIEL (mid-second century c.e.), tanna. He was a son of Rabban *Gamaliel of Jabneh, and an older brother of the patriarch (nasi) *Simeon b. Gamaliel, who quotes his teachings (Tosef., Nid. 7:5). Ḥanina was apparently a disciple of *Tarfon (see Ned. 62a; Kid. 81b). He differed on halakhah with *Akiva (Nid. 8a) and with Yose ha-Gelili (Men. 5:8), and engaged in halakhic discussions with the disciples of Akiva (Tosef., Av. Zar. 4 (5): 12; Tosef., Nid. 4:5; et al.). He was also well-versed in the aggadah (mk 23a) and many aggadot are quoted in his name. He apparently died young, and because of this his younger brother was appointed to the position of nasi.


Hyman, Toledot, s.v.

[Zvi Kaplan]

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