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NEHEMIAH BEN KOHEN ẒEDEḲ:

Gaon of Pumbedita from 960 to 968. While his predecessor, Aaron b. Sargado, was still in office, Nehemiah tried to have him removed; but the college insisted on retaining him, as he was in every respect superior to his opponent. After Sargado's death Nehemiah finally succeeded in seizing the office by a trick, although the majority of the college, headed by the ab bet din, R. Sherira, refused to recognize him, and he was supported by only a few members and some wealthy laymen. Nothing is known of his scholarly attainments or of his activity as gaon.

Bibliography:
  • Letter of Sherira Gaon, in Neubauer, M. J. C. p. 41;
  • Weiss, Dor, iv. 163;
  • Grätz, Gesch. 3d ed., v. 287.
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