Gamaliel

Gamaliel gəmā´lēəl [key]. 1 In the Bible, Manassite chief. 2 In the New Testament, president of the Sanhedrin at Jerusalem teacher of St. Paul. He was also known as Gamaliel I, or Gamaliel the Elder. Grandson and disciple of the famous scholar Hillel , he advocated leniency toward Christians. 3 Grandson of Gamaliel I fl. AD 80. Also known as Gamaliel II, he helped consolidate Judaism after the Jewish war (AD 66–70).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Biblical Proper Names: Biographies

Browse By Subject