Hanan the Egyptian

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Hanan the Egyptian (Hebrew: חנן המצרי‎‎, translit: Hanan ha-Mitzri) was a respected 2nd-century tannaic sage who first lived at Alexandria.[1] He later moved to the Judaea and was active among the scholars of Jabneh.[2][3] He was a disciple of Rabbi Akiva and is quoted among "those who argued before the sages."[4] Only one law, relating to the Temple service on the Day of Atonement, is preserved in his name (Yoma 63b).[4]

Another sage bearing the same name presided as a civil court judge in Jerusalem during Temple times. He was active a few generations earlier.[5][6]


  1. ^ Mordechai Judovits (30 April 2010). Sages of the Talmud: the lives, sayings, and stories of 400 rabbinic masters. Urim. p. 75. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Abraham Malamat; Haim Hillel Ben-Sasson (1976). A history of the Jewish people. Harvard University Press. p. 369. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Christopher Haas (1997). Alexandria in late antiquity: topography and social conflict. JHU Press. p. 409. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Hanan the Egyptian, Jewish Encyclopedia.
  5. ^ Rivka Ulmer (16 October 2009). Egyptian cultural icons in Midrash. Walter de Gruyter. p. 180. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Jacob Neusner (1971). The Rabbinic Traditions about the Pharisees Before 70: The houses. Brill Archive. p. 414. Retrieved 28 August 2011.