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AMEMAR B. MAR YANUḲA (YANḲA):

A Babylonian teacher of the fifth and sixth amoraic generations, who, together with the exilarch (Resh Galuta) Huna Mar II. and Mesharsheya b. Pakod, first suffered martyrdom in the cause of Judaism on Babylonian soil—victims of the persecutions inaugurated by King Firuz (Pheroces, 458-85). Amemar was executed in the month of Adar 470, two months after the execution of his fellow martyrs.

Bibliography:
  • Epistle of Sherira Gaon, ed. Neubauer;
  • Grätz, Gesch. d. Juden, 2d ed., iv. 405;
  • Heilprin, Seder ha-Dorot, ed. Maskileison, p. 72;
  • Zacuto, YuḦasin, ed. Filipowski, p. 115.
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