“I present my work with some ambivalence, as I do not want to directly cause Christians any harm,” he acknowledges, “but this is important for our culture. Alert citizens need to know the truth about our past so we can understand how and why governments create false histories and false gods. They often do it to obtain a social order that is against the best interests of the common people.”
In light of the parallels between some of Hillel’s teachings and those of Jesus, it is interesting to speculate that when the young Jesus studied at the temple (Luke 2:41-52) he might have talked with Hillel’s son Simeon, who became head of Hillel’s rabbinical school after his father’s death.
The above page recounts the historian Josephus speaking with Hillel’s great grandson, “Rabban Shimon ben Gamiliel”, lending veracity to the notion that as convenient (by scholarly standards) a source as Josephus’s works may be accessed to confirm the true existence in history of Hillel the Elder, his progeny, his works, and his thoughts.
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