In another Talmudic tale, Rabbi Johanan
is described as an unusually beautiful man, with a radiating presence: "He who desires to see Rabbi Johanan
's beauty, let him take a silver goblet as it emerges from the crucible, fill it with the seeds of red pomegranate, encircle its brim with a chaplet of red roses, and set it between the sun and the shade: its lustrous glow is akin to Rabbi Johanan
's beauty" (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Baba Mezi'a 84a).
In the weeks that followed, Johanan
secretly studied the Gospels and eventually became a believer in Jesus.
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It is unclear from this expression, borrowed from a similar statement about Maimonides, as to which Johanan
reference is made.
maintained that, in time to come, Elijah the prophet will explicate the meaning of the passage in Ezekiel.
said; Every prophet prophesied only for the days of the Messiah, but as for the World to Come (i.
Yadayim 4:6,(7) but unfortunately they have confused the thesis presented, by attributing the Mishnaic statement, "Behold they say: the bones of an ass are clean, but the bones of Johanan
the High priest are unclean," to the Sadducees (p.
The most famous talmudic passage (Pesahim 87b) specifically praising conversionary work is by the prominent Rabbi Johanan
, and agreed with by Rabbi Eleazar ben Pedat, in which it is asserted that God exiled Jews from their homeland for only one reason, to increase the number of converts.
ben Kareah (of the peace party) discovered that Ishmael was bent on killing Gedaliah and warned him of this, the new governor simply dismissed it as an unfounded rumor (40:15-16).
and Samuel over the nature of the Messianic Era.
Even after proselytism had, it is thought, declined as a movement in the third century, Rabbi Johanan
and Rabbi Eleazar declared (Pesahim 87b) that G-d exiled Israel among the nations in order to facilitate proselytism.
In Pesikta de-Rav Kahana (10:117), Serah explains to Rabbi Johanan
in the house of study that the waters at the splitting of the Reed Sea looked like a glass wall, rather than like a latticework (as he was teaching).
Aristocratic rabbis, Johanan
ben Zachai and Gamaliel II, for example, would probably have had a fair number, and if other rabbis had fewer or even none at all the explanation is their lesser economic standing, which sometime shows up in the fact that they also worked as artisans or craftsmen.
The talmudic dispute between Rabbi Johanan
and Resh Lakish as to the relative merit of Noah is very well known.
Simeon the Just and Johanan
the high priest each prepared two.