tannaim

Pronunciations

tannaim (tah-nah-EEM) listen

Definitions

Example Sentences

  • "The Mishnah was written by the Tannaim after God has already left us - so it wasn't under his control, direct supervision or one of his messengers." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic
  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • A תנא > TH תַּנָּא

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      tanna, tannah, tana, tanah

Notes

  • "The tannaim are contrasted with the amoraim, the rabbis whose commentaries are contained in the Gemara." (JPS)

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