Many years ago I was told a story about an Amorah (Talmudic sage) who had an electric lamp, and when discovered said something along the lines of, the world isn't ready for this yet.

I'm looking for the source in the Talmud, Midrash or any other reliable Sefer!


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    Did he also have a secret electric generator?
    – Double AA
    Oct 29, 2019 at 11:09
  • That's what I was wondering ;)
    – user18660
    Oct 29, 2019 at 12:17

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The story you are looking for is about the Tosafist Rabbi Yechiel of Paris. From a quick search it seems like the source is from Éliphas Lévi in his book Histoire de la magie, (The History of Magic), 1860.

See this post which brings the story: http://www.ancientpages.com/2014/04/24/mystery-ancient-ever-burning-lamps/

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