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tanna

[Sephardic Hebrew tah-nah; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-nah]
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noun, plural tan·na·im [Sephardic Hebrew tah-nah-eem; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-nah-im] /Sephardic Hebrew tɑ nɑˈim; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tɑˈnɑ ɪm/. (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.
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Compare amora, sabora.

Origin of tanna

From the Hebrew word tannā teacher
Related formstan·na·i·tic [tah-nuh-it-ik] /ˌtɑ nəˈɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

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

    Chapters on Jewish Literature

    Israel Abrahams

  • Akiba, who may be taken to represent the second generation of Tannaim, differed in character from Jochanan.