Jeshbab the Scribe

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Rabbinical Eras

Jeshbab the Scribe (or Yeshbab the Scribe, Hebrew: ישבב הסופר‎, Yishvav ha-Sofer) was a third generation Jewish Tanna sage, at the beginning of the 2nd century. He was a disciple of Joshua ben Hananiah and a colleague of Akiva ben Joseph.

Jeshbab was benevolent, and had handed out all his property to the needy, a deed that was not viewed with favour by his colleagues. Once he wished to hand a fifth of his property to the needy, and R. Akiva ben Joseph did not allow him to do so.[1]

Jeshbab is accounted among the Ten Martyrs.


  1. ^ B. Talmud, Tractate Kethuboth, 50a