9, attributed to a second-century Rabbi, but post-Talmudic (ed.
The origin of the latter has been traced to the bowl of burning spice which in Talmudic times was introduced after each meal.
But this explanation of the name is as worthless as the rest of the Talmudic accounts of the Sadducees who were already dead and gone.
A good idea of its heterogeneity is afforded by the English translations of Talmudic and other commentaries by P. I.
Moreover, among the Jewish families settled in the 5th century B.C. in Egypt (Elephantine) and Babylonia (Nippur), the Babylonian-Assyrian principles are in vogue, and the presumption that they were not unfamiliar in Palestine is strengthened further by the otherwise unaccountable appearance of Babylonian-Assyrian elements later in the Talmudic law.