10 CE marked the end of Hillel’s 40 year reign as nasi. He was the founder of a school of legal religious thought and dynasty that led Jewish life in Judea for the next four centuries.
Hillel was born to a wealthy family in Babylonia, but came to Jerusalem without the financial support of his family and supported himself as a woodcutter. It is said that he lived in such great poverty that he was sometimes unable to pay the admission fee to study Torah, and because of him that fee was abolished.
Hillel was known for his kindness, gentleness, and his concern for humanity.
Another popular teacher at that time was Shammai. He was known for the strictness of his views. He was reputed to be dour, quick-tempered, and impatient. Shammai and his teaching were more popular in Israel before the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. The views of Hillel and Shammai represent positions in the range of interpretations of Jewish law and instructions.
Hillel's teachings and interpretations of the Torah prevailed and laid the foundation of Jewish thought that played a major role in the survival of Judaism during the period between the destruction of Temple and the creation the Mishnah – the Oral Law – upon which Rabbinic Judaism emerged after 200 CE.
Hillel, a Babylonian Jew that made his way to Jerusalem probably during the reign of Herod, ultimately became the founding father of a school of rabbinic teaching that still influences Judaism today.
Unknown to many Christians, Hillel’s influence was an important factor in the development of Yeshua as a teacher of the Jewish Scriptures.
And when Yeshua was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast of Passover. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the young boy Yeshua lingered behind in Jerusalem, but Joseph and his mother did not know it. Supposing him to have been in the group, they traveled for a day and looked him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searched for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. (Luke 2:41-47)
Yeshua was born around 6 BCE, about two years before the death of King Herod. It would have been 6 CE when twelve-year old Yeshua sat in a crowd at the temple and listened to what would have no doubt been “the super stars” of Jewish teachers, one of which would have been Hillel. It is clear that Hillel’s strong influence on the boy Yeshua continued and is seen in Yeshua’s teachings, actions and movement.
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