I'm curious to know the dates of birth and death of the following Torah transmitters, who appear in Pirkei Avot, since I've seen conflicting dates when doing some independent research:

Shimon HaTzadik

Antigonus of Socho

Yosei ben Yo'ezer of Tzredah

Yosei ben Yochanan of Yerushalayim

Yehoshua ben Perachiah

Nittai the Arbeli

Yehuda ben Tabbai

Shimon ben Shatach





Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai

I would also appreciate if you could provide the source(s) from where you salvaged the years of their births and deaths.

Edit: Here are some of the websites where I found the dates:

  1. http://rabbi.bendory.com/docs/shalshelet.php

  2. http://www.yashanet.com/studies/judaism101/sidebars/transmission.htm

  3. https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/3127369/jewish/A-Timeline-of-the-Transmission-of-Torah.htm

  4. http://rabbiwolbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Chain-of-Torah-Transmission-From-Moses-to-You-RYW.pdf

  5. https://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/mesora/

  • Yosef, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for bringing your question here! It would be helpful to include a list of the sources you've already consulted in the question, so that answers don't end up duplicating your effort.
    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 21, 2021 at 17:27
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    I don't know about the dates of their birth and death, but the sefer Seder HaDoros HaKotzar clearly details these personalities and where they lie in history. You can access it here - tablet.otzar.org/en/pages/?&restore=1&t=1611250816373
    – Dov
    Jan 21, 2021 at 17:49
  • Unfortunately, even much more recent historical figures have doubts as to their precise years of birth and death. I can't imagine it gets better the farther back you go.
    – N.T.
    Jan 21, 2021 at 21:51
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    @Yosef For most of them, the only source for dates is the fact that they taught or learned under someone whose date is actually known. So the Torah transmission gives the dates, not vica versa.
    – N.T.
    Jan 22, 2021 at 1:29
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    There could be a conflicting date for one person whose time is described relative to a historical event, e.g. R' Akiva and the Churban. That will then have a domino effect on his students and on.
    – N.T.
    Jan 22, 2021 at 21:37


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