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Hanina Ben-Dosa
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A first-century Jewish rabbi. He is closely associated with the Hebrew term אַנְשֵׁי מַעֲשֶׂה‎ (anshey ma'aseh, “men of deed”), which could indicate supernatural deeds and/or extraordinary acts of loving-kindness. In addition, the term could refer to a Galilean brand of charismatic leadership. According to Vermes, Hanina is “the most celebrated miracle-worker in Rabbinic Judaism” (Vermes, “Hanina,” 188). But because the rabbinic source-material can be interpreted in various ways, Hanina remains an enigmatic figure.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hanina ben Dosa
Hanina ben Dosa A first-century Jewish rabbi. He is closely associated with the Hebrew term אַנְשֵׁי מַעֲשֶׂה‎ (anshey ma'aseh, “men of deed”), which could indicate supernatural deeds and/or extraordinary acts of loving-kindness. In addition, the term could refer to a Galilean brand of charismatic leadership.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Hanina Ben-Dosa
ḤANINA BEN-DOSA. There are more rabbinic references to Rabbi Ḥanina ben-Dosa than to Ḥoni and Ḥilkiah. He was from Galilee and lived during the middle of the 1st century c.e.; he was thus a near contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth. A pupil of Joḥanan ben Zakkai, he was a Tannaitic sage of the first
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HANINAH BEN-DOSA
HANINAH BEN-DOSA. Legends around this sage, who lived during the era of Shimon ben Gamliel I (ca. 40–80 ce), paint a picture of a man used to having miracles result from his prayers. His wife and his daughter apparently supported his policy of refusing to take advantage of the results of such miracles