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ḤIYYA B. MERIA (once, in Yer. Sheb. vi. 1, MEDIA):

Palestinian amora of the fourth generation (3d and 4th cent.). Ḥiyya is mentioned only in the Jerusalem Talmud; he was the pupil of R. Jonah and R. Jose (Yer. Sheb. vi. 1; Yer. Ket. ix. 1; Yer. Sanh. i. 2; et al.). Ḥiyya transmitted, in the name of R. Levi, the following haggadah: "Psalm lxii. 10 proves that a man's wife is chosen for him before his birth" (Pesiḳ. xxiii. 153b). This haggadah reappears in Lev. R. xxix. 7, as transmitted by Ḥiyya b. Abba in the name of R. Levi, but this is evidently a copyist's mistake. A certain Rabbi b. Meria who transmitted a haggadah (Pesiḳ. R. 40 [ed. Friedmann, p. 172a]) is supposed by Buber (note 58 to Pesiḳ. 153b) to be the same as R. Ḥiyya b. Meria.

Bibliography:
  • Bacher, Ag. Pal. Amor. ii. 397;
  • Heilprin, Seder ha-Dorot, ii.
S. M. Sel.
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