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[hil-el, -eyl, -uh l, hi-leyl; Sephardic Hebrew hee-lel] /ˈhɪl ɛl, -eɪl, -əl, hɪˈleɪl; Sephardic Hebrew hiˈlɛl/
("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.
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  • He was the grandson of Doctor Hillel, whose science as well as his consideration and holiness he had inherited.

  • These are the children of a sister of Hillel Besso, brought to Damascus for change of air.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Witness Hillel, and indeed all the writers of the gnomic wisdom in the "Ethics of the Fathers."

    Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria Norman Bentwich
  • At this moment Hillel and Fakredeen advanced with a hurried air of gaiety.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Hillel and Shammai, the last "Pair," will be treated in a separate chapter.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
British Dictionary definitions for Hillel


/ˈhɪlɛl; -ləl/
?60 bc–?9 ad, rabbi, born in Babylonia; president of the Sanhedrin. He was the first to formulate principles of biblical interpretation
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Word Origin and History for Hillel

masc. proper name, from Hebrew, literally "he praised."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Hillel in the Bible

praising, a Pirathonite, father of the judge Abdon (Judg. 12:13, 15).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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