The gemarah discusses a story where Moshe is taken to see the lecture hall of Rebbi Akiva and the midrash discusses God showing Adam ensuing generations and their scholars. I would like to know if there any examples of backward time travel, where someone living at a later chronological date is shown or taken to an earlier time.

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    When you say "shown or taken to", do you mean something more than "told about or taken to"? Otherwise, there are many times when later people have been told about earlier people. By that I mean - to answer this question properly, by what criterion should one judge a midrash as backward time travel and not recounting? – WAF Oct 28 '16 at 20:13
  • Re Adam, are you referring to the g'mara about his ability to see "from one end to the other"? sefaria.org/Chagigah.12a?lang=bi – WAF Oct 28 '16 at 20:18
  • @WAF I mean visually shown either by causing the scene to appear in front of him (a la Yaakov seeing Shimshon, thinking he was Moshiach and then seeing him die, all in a vision) or by taking the person into the scene as with Moshe and Rebbi Akiva's classroom. The Adam reference is from Avoda Zara 5a (see also books.google.com/…) – rikitikitembo Oct 28 '16 at 20:33
  • Wouldn't it be unnecessary? – user6591 Oct 30 '16 at 15:31

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