Abba Sikra

(fl. 1st cent)
   Israelite Zealot leader. He helped Johanan ben Zakkai escape from Jerusalem when it was besieged by the Romans.

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  • ABBA SIKRA — (or Sakkara), talmudic name of one of the leaders in the defense of Jerusalem against the Romans in 66–70 C.E. Abba Sikra is regarded by some scholars as an epithet meaning chief of the sicarii . Jastrow, however, believes the word sikra means… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ZEALOTS AND SICARII — Introduction This article deals not only with the group of fighters for the freedom of Israel known from josephus as the Zealots, but includes in its survey other groups with similar aims, particularly the Sicarii. Judea differed from the other… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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