Tefillat Rabbi Shimʿon Bar Yoḥay
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Tefillat Rabbi Shimʿon bar Yoḥay (The Prayer of R. Simeon bar Yohay) is a late apocalyptic composition in which many of the future historical events are based on Nistarot shel Rabbi Simeon Bar Yoḥay (The Secrets of R. Simeon bar Yohay) but updated to reach the tenth century. The composition opens with a narrative (a later addition to the composition) that is an almost word-for-word quotation from Midrash Zuṭa on Lamentations. It recounts how the demon Ashmaday (Asmodeus) helps Rabbi Simeon, the second-century tanna, win his way into the court of the Caesar in Rome (a diffe…

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Ronit Nikolsky, “Tefillat Rabbi Shimʿon Bar Yoḥay”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 24 July 2017
First published online: 2010



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