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Hillel/School of Hillel
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According to rabbinic traditions, Hillel was from Babylonia and lived at the time of Herod. Since the earliest traditions associated with Hillel first occur in the Mishnah, which was probably edited at the beginning of the 3rd century ce, and since these traditions are not regarded as historically reliable, it is impossible to reconstruct the life of Hillel and his precise words and teachings. The opinions and rules attributed to Hillel in the Mishnah may trace back to Hillel's students who transmitted Hillel's teachi…

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Hezser, Catherine, “Hillel/School of Hillel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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