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Men of the Great Assembly: A panel of 120 prophets and sages--including Ezra, Nehemiah, Mordecai, Daniel, Simeon the Righteous and the prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi--which constituted the ultimate religious authority at the onset of the Second Temple Era (4th century BCE). Among their accomplishments was the composition of the text of our standard prayers and blessings.
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Lesson 5. The Great Assembly and the Pharisees
Who decided which texts belonged to the biblical canon and which texts did not belong? The Oral Torah during the early, pre-mishnaic periods.
Anshei Knesses Hagdolah was the greatest scholarly assembly in the history of the Jewish people.
A biblical history of the Jews
Ezra and the Second Temple
After the seventy-year exile in Babylon, many of the Jewish people return to their homeland under the leadership of Ezra.
A biblical history of the Jews
The Babylonian Exile
After the destruction of the First Temple, the Jewish people spent seventy years in exile in Babylon. This class covers the great leaders of the Jewish people during that era, including Zerubabbel, the exilarch; Mordechai; and the final prophets, Haggai, ...
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The special role of the Men of the Great Assembly, the sovereignty of the Greeks and the influence of Hellenism with the story of Chanukah.
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