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Abbahu, Rabbi

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2009

Abbahu was a Palestinian rabbi of the third generation, a student of R. Yoḥanan bar Nappaḥa and the most important teacher at Caesarea in the late 3rd and early 4th century. He was thus a contemporary of Eusebius of Caesarea. He presided over a local Jewish court and was most influential in community matters and synagogue affairs. He also maintained good contacts with the Roman administration. Rabbinic sources depict him as well versed in Greek language and culture, as was necessary in the sett…

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