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date: 31 March 2020

Abbayei (Nahmani) (c.278–338) 

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Isaiah GafniIsaiah Gafni

Head of the Babylonian rabbinic academy of *Pumbedita. Following the early deaths of his parents, Abbayei was raised by his uncle Rabbah bar Nahmani, who may have applied the nickname Abbayei (my father) to his nephew to avoid having to refer to him by his true name Nahhmani, which was his own father’s name. In addition to Rabbah, Abbayei’s primary mentor was Rav Joseph, and upon the latter’s death in 323 Abbayei assumed leadership of the Pumbeditha academy. His numerous legal disagreements with ... ...

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