About This Text
Avot d’Rabbi Natan (“Fathers of Rabbi Nathan”) is a companion volume to Pirkei Avot, presenting maxims of wisdom alongside explanations and stories. Like Pirkei Avot, its organization is chronological, beginning with statements of early rabbis and continuing through successive generations of rabbis. The date of its composition and its precise relationship to Pirkei Avot are matters of debate.
Composed: Talmudic Israel/Babylon, c.650 - c.950 CE