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Rabbi Akiva
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Born
Akiba ben Yosef

c. 50 CE
Lod, Judea
Died 135 CE
Burial place Tiberias, Galilee

Akiba ben Yosef (Hebrew: עֲקִיבָא בֶּן יוֹסֵף‎‎, c. 50–135 CE) also known as Rabbi Akiva (רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא), was a tanna of the latter part of the first century and the beginning of the second century (the third tannaitic generation). Rabbi Akiva was a leading contributor to the Mishnah and to Midrash halakha. He is referred to in the Talmud as Rosh la-Hakhamim "Chief of the Sages". He was executed by the Romans in the aftermath of the Bar Kokhba revolt.

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