PIRKE ABOTH pĭr’ kā əvōth (פִּרְקֵי אָבוֹת, lit. Chapters of the Fathers; also sometimes called just Aboth, The Fathers). A collection of rabbinic maxims and sayings from the 3rd cent. b.c. to the 3rd cent. a.d., arranged with some regard for chronology and naming a considerable selection of rabbis.