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SAMUEL BEN ABBA:

Palestinian amora of the latter half of the third century. Although a pupil of Johanan, he did not receive ordination (Yer. Bik. 65c). He declined to permit Hela and Jacob to do him honor by rising before him (ib.). He appears to have been a pupil also of R. Assi and Ze'era, to whom he addressed several halakic questions (Ḳid. 59b; Yer. M. Ḳ. 82d; Yer. Ḥag. 76a; Yer. Yeb. 2c; Yer. Naz. 52c; 'Er. 9a; Yoma 47a). He is sometimes confounded with the great Samuel (Tan., Bo, 10; Midr. Teh. to Ps. xix. 4).

Bibliography:
  • Frankel, Mebo, p. 125b;
  • Bacher, Ag. Pal. Amor. p. 619.
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