Gershom Bader writes in Jewish Spiritual Heroes, Volume I:

There is even some doubt as to whether Antigonos was the direct successor of Simon the Just or whether he lived some generations later

Can someone explain this quote? What is the reason for his "doubt"?

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    What exactly is your question? The Mishna Avos 1:3 says Antignos received the tradition from Shimon HaTzadik. The book you're quoting says that some scholars thought that wasn't literal, but the author (Bader) thought it was. Everyone agrees that the mid-Second Temple Era is quite murky.
    – Shalom
    May 10 at 21:54
  • thanks, I rephrased my question. Basically why would "scholars" not accept it as literal?
    – Mendy
    May 10 at 22:32
  • I'm no expert on that time period, but it's probably related to the questions of a possible missing century in there somewhere; making the dates of A, B, and C all fit together. (E.g. assume Shimon HaTzadik lived during the reign of Alexander the Great, even if you read the Gemara of their encounter as symbolic ...)
    – Shalom
    May 11 at 0:47
  • Thank you, I was suspecting something like that. can someone maybe explain this more precisely?
    – Mendy
    May 11 at 14:35


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