When R. Eliezer, R. Joshua and Rabban Gamaliel went up to Rome they came to a certain place and found children making little piles. ... He said to them: aquot;Pray for my son for he has not produced a child. ... Flax was grown mostly for its fiber in the late antique Middle East though the Talmud mentions cultivation of its seed for food and medicinal purposes (BT Baba Batra ... Bathera (FT Sanhedrin 7:13) 49 This tale might be read as a Rabbinic example of the aquot;miraculous birth of the hero.
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