אַבַּיֵי – Naḥmani ben Kaylil. Babylonian amora who, with Rava, was regarded as one of the central pillars of Babylonian learning. Hundreds of debates between Abaye and Rava are quoted in the Talmud Bavli, and the discussions which they and their disciples held at Pumbedita are classic examples of the Talmud Bavli‘s methods of learning. Abaye’s uncle – Rabba bar Naḥmani – nicknamed him “Little Father” to distinguish from his famous grandfather, Naḥmani.
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