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MENAHEM B. JOSEPH B. ḤIYYA:

Gaon of Pumbedita 858-860. He was probably elected to the office of gaon rather on account of his father than for his own merit. He had a rival in the gaon Mar Mattithiah b. Rabbi, his superior in Talmudic lore, between whom and Menahem dissensions continued until the death of the latter.

Bibliography:
  • Sherira Gaon, Responsa, ed. Neubauer, p. 38;
  • Grätz, Gesch. 3d ed., v. 231;
  • Weiss, Dor, iv. 131;
  • Heilprin, Seder ha-Dorot, ed. Maskileison, i. 181.
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