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tanna

[Sephardic Hebrew tah-nah; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-nah] /Sephardic Hebrew tɑˈnɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈtɑ nɑ/
noun, plural tannaim
[Sephardic Hebrew tah-nah-eem; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-nah-im] /Sephardic Hebrew tɑ nɑˈim; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tɑˈnɑ ɪm/ (Show IPA).
(often initial capital letter) Judaism.
1.
one of a group of Jewish scholars, active in Palestine during the 1st and 2nd centuries a.d., whose teachings are found chiefly in the Mishnah.
Compare amora, sabora.
Origin of tanna
< Hebrew tannā teacher
Related forms
tannaitic
[tah-nuh-it-ik] /ˌtɑ nəˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Akiba, who may be taken to represent the second generation of tannaim, differed in character from Jochanan.

  • Meir, whom we take as representative of the third generation of tannaim, was filled with the widest sympathies.

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