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Rabbi Akiva

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Akiva ben Yosef (Mishnaic Hebrew: עֲקִיבָא בֶּן יוֹסֵף‎ ʿĂqīvāʾ ben Yōsēf; c. 50 – 28 September 135 CE), also known as Rabbi Akiva (רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא‎), was a leading Jewish scholar and sage, a tanna of the latter part of the first century and the beginning of the second century. Rabbi Akiva was a leading contributor to the Mishnah and to Midrash halakha. He is referred to in the Talmud as Rosh la-Hakhamim "Chief of the Sages". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rabbi Akiva has received more than 555,686 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Rabbi Akiva is the 525th most popular religious figure (down from 452nd in 2019), the 76th most popular biography from Israel (down from 64th in 2019) and the 35th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Rabbi Akiva is most famous for saying "let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer."

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  • 36

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  • 6.34

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  • 2.84

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Among religious figures, Rabbi Akiva ranks 525 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Anastasius II, Dionysius Exiguus, Saint Giles, Anas ibn Malik, Angela Merici, and Adalbert of Prague. After him are Pope Alexander I of Alexandria, Pope John XIII, Anna the Prophetess, Christina of Bolsena, Antipope Benedict XIII, and Sumayyah bint Khabbat.

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Among people born in 50, Rabbi Akiva ranks 9Before him are Juvenal, Zacchaeus, Apollodorus of Damascus, Simon bar Kokhba, Salome, and Simon Magus. After him are Charaka, Osroes I, Gaius Calpurnius Piso, Saint Petronilla, Pacorus II, and Yohanan ben Zakkai. Among people deceased in 136, Rabbi Akiva ranks 1After him are Vibia Sabina and Eleutherius of Byzantium.

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Among people born in Israel, Rabbi Akiva ranks 76 out of 430Before him are Amon of Judah (-660), Uzziah (-900), Annas (-22), Ehud Olmert (1945), Simeon (null), and Jehoash of Judah (-843). After him are Ada Yonath (1939), Penitent thief (-18), Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem (1105), Baldwin III of Jerusalem (1130), Cyril of Jerusalem (313), and Ahaziah of Judah (-900).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Rabbi Akiva ranks 35Before him are Micah (-737), Joel (-1), Nehemiah (-490), Ahmed Yassin (1937), Annas (-22), and Simeon (null). After him are Penitent thief (-18), Pope Theodore I (600), Nicodemus (-50), Epiphanius of Salamis (315), Isaac Luria (1534), and Pontius Pilate's wife (6).