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GEBIHA OF BE-KATIL:

Babylonian halakist of the fifth century; junior of Aḥa b. Jacob, Abaye, and Raba; from all of these he learned halakot, which he eventually reported to Ashi, whom he assisted in the compilation of the Babylonian Talmud (Yeb. 60a; B. B. 83a; 'Ab. Zarah 22a; Ḥul. 26b, 64b). Once he lectured at the residence of the exilarch, and Amemar reported the substance of the lecture to Ashi (Beẓah 23a). During the last fourteen years of his life (419-433) he held the presidency of the Academy of Pumbedita, vacated by the death of Aḥa b. Raba.

Bibliography:
  • Sherira, Iggeret;
  • Grätz, Gesch. 2d ed., iv. 379;
  • Halevy, Dorot ha-Rishonim, iii. 41b.
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