Elisha ben Avuyah (Aher)

(fl. 2nd cent)
   Palestinian tanna. He was born in Jerusalem. He came to doubt the unity of God, divine punishment, and ultimately renounced Judaism. Although befriended by Meir, the rabbis dissociated themselves from him and referred to him as Aher (the other). He was the subject of several historical novels including As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg.

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