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Rav Hama

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Rav Zebid of Nehardea was a fifth generation Babylonian amora. Despite the paucity of material attributed to R. Zebid of Nehardea, analysis demonstrates that there is a consistent methodology to his responses and reactions to reports stated in front of him. The same methodology is not found among other Nehardean amoraim. This chapter begins by presenting main findings and then discusses the talmudic passages. Despite the existence of variant traditions among third generation and onward Babylonian amoraim, there are three characteristics which distinguish the case of R. Zebid of Nehardea: In contrast with those of R. Zebid of Nehardea, the variant versions of other Babylonian amoraic statements are not focused specifically on statements of earlier amoraim from the same academy; the traditions transmitted by him are mostly attributed to amoraim who lived close to his era; his traditions are presented using a unique literary formula, not found in other cases.

Keywords:amoraim; Babylonian amora; Nehardea; Rav Zebid; talmudic passages



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