Is it mentioned anywhere in all of the Mishna or the Talmud that Rabban Gamliel converted to Christianity?


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    You won't find that in the Talmud or Mishnah. Why? Because it never happened! – ezra Aug 28 '17 at 1:48
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    Is this somehow a joke? Do you have any sources in order to question something like this? – Renato Grun Aug 28 '17 at 1:58
  • @ezra, Christians have many mesorot which go against Chaza"l. That a Nasi would become a meshumad would be the ultimate coup against Torah and the Mesorah. – Noach MiFrankfurt Aug 28 '17 at 2:14
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    @ezra, their canon includes biographical information which states that Paul learned under Rabban Gamliel before he apostatised. The Christians have historically venerated him and consider him a saint. Following this, it would make sense that they believe that Rabban Gamliel would have had to apostatise, so as to become eligible for beatification. – Noach MiFrankfurt Aug 28 '17 at 2:18

We can assume he did not.

Although it would be hard to prove a negative, the fact of the matter is that the talmudic rabbis never shied away from mentioning when a great and respected religious leader left the fold. See for instance about Yochanan Kohen Gadol and Elisha Ben Abuya.

In a similar vein, mention is also made of Rabbis who lost their minds such as Ben Zoma in that second link, or Rabi Yochanan seen here (bottom of 84a) leading us to assume that the other rabbis in the talmud did not.

So we can safely claim that Raban Gamliel did not become an apostate or lose his mind.

  • The question is not whether Raban Gamliel converted, it is whether it is mentioned anywhere in the Talmud that he converted. – Gershon Gold Aug 29 '17 at 20:22
  • Correct. How would someone prove that he didn't without linking every time his name is mentioned and showing that none of those passages mention anything about him converting? – user6591 Aug 29 '17 at 20:25

No. This is purely and completely untrue.

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    @donielf this is a clear answer. The answer is no. – Gershon Gold Aug 28 '17 at 11:48
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    Have you studied the whole Talmud? How do you know? – mevaqesh Aug 29 '17 at 20:14
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    @Mevaqesh: If you prove me wrong I will remove my answer. I am confident it is correct. – Gershon Gold Aug 29 '17 at 20:20
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    Sourcing is very important on this site. See here: judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/a/3887/8775 to learn more w about that. – mevaqesh Aug 29 '17 at 20:23

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