Rabbi Gamaliel the Elder was the grandson of Hillel the Great, and the Head Rabbi of the Beyt Hillel ("House of Hillel", or Hillelite-school of of the Pharisees) around the time of the Messiah and the early Church. Rabbi Gamaliel was a guardian of the early Messianic movement (Acts 5), and Saul Paulus was one of his Talmidim ("Disciples") before he acknowledged Yeshua as the Messiah (Acts 22:3). The Talmud records that Gamaliel died nine years before the destruction of Jerusalem — to wit, in (70-9=) 61 AD. The Mishnah (part of the Talmud) states, "When Rabban Gamaliel the Elder died, the glory [or, reverence] of the Law ceased and purity and separateness died" (Mishnah Sotah, 9:15) . Note that the Hebrew word Pharisee means "separated". Thus, this lament implies that Gamaliel was the last, and perhaps the best, exemplar of Pharisaism. Now, (almost) at the same time, James the brother of the Messiah Yeshua, and Head of the Jerusalem Church, was murdered by the High Priest Hananiah in early 62 AD (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 20:9). This happened at Passover (Eusebius, Historia Ecclesiae, 2.23) . Furthermore, a few weeks later, Yeshua b. Hananiah began preaching, "A voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and the holy house, a voice against the bridegrooms and the brides, and a voice against this whole people!". This happened at Pentecost 62 AD (Josephus, Jewish War, 6:5:3). Thus, the Talmud and Josephus both corroborate that the murder of James, brother of the Messiah Yeshua, coincides exactly with the end of "the glory and reverence of the Law" amongst the Jewish people, and the foretold beginnings of terrible sufferings by Roman hands (cf. Numbers 24:24 — the Romans are called Kittim in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and in the Book of Daniel ). Indeed, the Talmud is even more precise — R. Gamaliel, guardian of the early Messianic Church, and last bastion of "reverence for the Law" amongst the Jewish folk, died first (61 AD), and only then was the Church attacked and James, brother of the Messiah Yeshua, murdered (62 AD). In turn, the prophecy of Numbers 24:24 was then then woefully fulfilled (66-70 AD). Sources:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamaliel  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_the_Just  H. L. Ginzburg, Studies in Daniel (1948), pg. 72. Cited in: International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, vol. 3, pg. 46.