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[guh-mey-lee-uh l, -meyl-yuh l]
  1. (“the Elder” or “Gamaliel I”), died a.d. 50?, the teacher of Paul (Acts 22:3); the grandson of Hillel.
  2. his grandson (“the Younger” or “Gamaliel II”), died a.d. 115?, leader of the Jews after the destruction of Jerusalem, a.d. 70.
  3. a male given name: from Hebrew, meaning “the Lord is my reward.”
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Historical Examples of gamaliel

  • It is believed that the truly great and venerable Gamaliel is buried here.

    Byeways in Palestine

    James Finn

  • This was Gamaliel, at whose feet Paul tells us he was brought up.

  • But Gamaliel went on without allowing himself to be checked.

  • Gamaliel, the Jew, would lend her as much as she would require on this gem.

  • In the hall he met Gamaliel, to whom a slave-girl was handing his stick.

Word Origin and History for gamaliel


masc. proper name, from Greek Gamaliel, from Hebrew Gamli'el, literally "reward of God."

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