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Examples of Hillel
They were driven out of their native sphere-the political-into the region of theoretical and ecclesiastical discussion, where they continued, but on quite unequal terms, their old dispute with the Pharisees.
Here there is no word of a sabbatical year.
At first its seat was at Jamnia, but it soon removed to Galilee, and remained longest at Tiberias.
They formed themselves into a college which regarded itself as a continuation of the old synedrium, and which carried forward its name.
One consequence of the process of intellectual isolation and of the effort to shape everything in accordance with hard and fast rules and doctrines was the systematisation and codification of juristic and ritual tradition, a work with which a beginning was made in the century following the destruction of Jerusalem.
But whether the attainment of this purpose by incredible exertion was a real blessing to themselves and the world may very well be disputed.