Judah ha-Nasi


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Judah ha-Nasi

(jo͞o`də hä-nä`sē), c.135–c.220, Palestinian Jewish communal leader (tanna). He occupied the office of patriarch (nasi) which was reestablished by the Romans after 135. Under his leadership, Palestinian Jewry rebuilt its economy, which had been devastated during the revolt against Rome (132–135). Tradition has presented him also as a learned rabbi and as the redactor of the MishnaMishna
, in Judaism, codified collection of Oral Law—legal interpretations of portions of the biblical books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy and other legal material. Together with the Gemara, or Amoraic commentary on the Mishna, it comprises the Talmud.
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, although his role in the production of the Mishna has been questioned by recent scholarship.

Judah ha-Nasi

?135--?220 ad, rabbi and patriarch of the Sanhedrin, who compiled the Mishnah
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Rabbi Judah Ha-Nasi, or Judah the Prince, is credited with being the compiler/editor of the Mishna and its most authoritative teacher.
6) It may well have been the case that, although Judah Ha-Nasi, editor of the Mishnah, did not share their antipathy towards Ben Sira, and may have been quite prepared to include even a specific quotation from that work, yet he may well have been totally unaware of the origin of that quotation by Rabbi Levitas, and may consequently have assumed it to have been an original statement by the latter.
It is now clear also why Judah Ha-Nasi, editor of the Mishnah, in tribute to Shmuel, simply recorded the verse he used to quote, a verse whose context and application did not require elucidation to the Jews of that era, however mystifying it proved to those of subsequent ages, and to their commentators.