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I was reading about Rebbe Akiva ben Joseph and became intrigued by his life and his ideas.

I'd like to read a book about him that covers his life and details his contributions to ethics, etc.

Would appreciate any references.

Notes:

  1. I'm a secular humanist and I'm looking for a text that does justice to Rebbe Akiva from a secular point of view -- I'm still interested in Jewish tradition's narrative of the supernatural or metaphysical aspects of the Rebbe's life -- but I'd also like to understand his contributions in the wider Human context
  2. I'm not Jewish -- am an Atheist -- of one the other Monotheistic faith's heritage.

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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya! Thanks for sharing your question. Consider taking the following short tour to learn more about the site. This site is available to all; your religion makes no difference! Perhaps therefore consider editing your this out of the question, thus making the question more general and less personal. – mevaqesh Aug 4 '15 at 4:47
  • @mevaqesh -- many thanks for the note -- the reason I put down my background is that it may help in the recommendation of the text to me -- I'm a secular humanist and I'm looking for a text that does justice to Rebbe Akiva from a secular point of view -- I'm still interested in Jewish tradition's narrative of the supernatural or metaphysical aspects of the Rebbe's life -- but I'd also like to understand his contributions in the wider Human context -- do you feel I should still edit the question? – user1172468 Aug 4 '15 at 5:27
  • That seems like a good thing to edit in, indeed. – mevaqesh Aug 4 '15 at 5:29
  • @mevaqesh I edited the question some to move the personal into the notes -- hope that helps -- thanks. – user1172468 Aug 4 '15 at 5:30
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    I'm not sure if this is the best book but it is a nice read amazon.com/Akiba-story-Rabbi-his-times/dp/B0007I4HMW/… – rosends Aug 4 '15 at 13:01
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The only book I know on the subject (and which we used to use in the classroom) is http://www.amazon.com/Akiba-story-Rabbi-his-times/dp/B0007I4HMW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438693257&sr=8-1&keywords=Akiva%2C+The+Story+of+Rabbi+Akiva+and+his+Times

though we also used http://www.amazon.com/As-Driven-Leaf-Milton-Steinberg/dp/0874419506 which deals (somewhat as fiction) with R. Akiva as a side character.

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