Posted by: Democratic Thinker | June 10, 2014

Gamaliel’s Fishes

Considerations by the Way

 
 
An ancient philosopher observes his students.


We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens throughout the Union on these important letters, by interposing any comments of our own.—Four Letters on the Important Subject of Government, 1802.

Tract Aboth.
(Fathers of the Synagogue)

 

 

Gamaliel’s Fishes.

—————

AS to disciples, R. Gamaliel the elder compares them to the following four kinds of fish: an unclean, a clean fish, a fish found in the Jordan, and one found in the Ocean.

I. By an unclean fish is meant a disciple of poor intellect, who, notwithstanding his study of Scripture, Mishna, Halakhoth, and Agadoth, still remains poor-minded.

II. By a clean fish is meant a disciple of rich intellect, who studies Scripture, Mishna, Halakhoth, and Agadoth, and develops his mind.

III. By a fish from the Jordan is meant a scholar who has studied all the mentioned subjects, but has not acquired the faculty of answering questions put to him.

IV. And by a fish found in the Ocean is meant a scholar who studied all the above subjects and has the ability of answering the questions put to him.

New Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, Vol. I (IX).

 
I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.—Acts 22:3.


 


New Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, Vol. I. (IX.).
Read the Volume.

 


Advertisements

Categories