Examples" "greater works than these will you do" ... "something greater than the Temple"...."greater than Solomon" .... "greater than Jonah" .... "greater than John the Baptist".
This greater-than element would seem to run contrary to the general tendency to revere ancient traditions, texts, laws, and patriarchs in Jewish antiquity. But we do not need to look far to find other examples of epochal aggrandizement in Jewish antiquity. My favorite example of this comes from the Babylonian Talmud, tractate Menaḥoth 29b:My question to you is a simple one: can you think of an earlier example of science fiction? I suppose a circa 4th Cent. CE date would be conservative (go ahead and correct me if I'm wrong). Please don't point me to apocalyptic literature or fantasy. Of course, it would be misnomer to speak of "science" here, but Moses does time-travel so it counts in my book... and another question: does any biblical superhero have more powers than Moses? This guy is like the uber-mutant of the Hebrew Bible.
In perhaps the very first science fiction story ever told, God and Moses are discussing the future of Israel’s pedagogy on Mount Sinai. God tells Moses of a future rabbi named Aqiba “who will expound upon each tittle heaps and heaps of laws”. Moses asks to sit in on one of Aqiba’s classes. God permits Aqiba to time-travel into the future to witness the great rabbi and sit in the back of the classroom. Moses is astounded at the level of linguistic and erudite interpretation of the Torah, not only by Aqiba, but also by his students. What is more, Moses concedes that he is intellectually inferior to Aqiba and suggests that God might wait and give the Torah through the hand of Aqiba. God refuses and the story ends by suggesting that Aqiba took his legislative creativity too far in the end. But the story (creative in its own right, perhaps ironically so) takes for granted that even Moses paled in comparison to the students of Aqiba.