1. ha-Zaken, c60 b.c.–a.d. 9?, Palestinian rabbi, president of the Sanhedrin and interpreter of Biblical law: first to formulate definitive hermeneutic principles.


  1. ?60 bc –?9 ad, rabbi, born in Babylonia; president of the Sanhedrin. He was the first to formulate principles of biblical interpretation

masc. proper name, from Hebrew, literally “he praised.”

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