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AḤA BAR HUNA:

A Babylonian amora of the fourth generation, disciple of Rabbah b. Naḥmani and of Sheshet. Ḥisda, another teacher of Aḥa, employed him for his halakic correspondence with Raba ben Joseph, who recognized in him a great and wise man (Pes. 47a, Yeb. 89b, Ned. 90a, B. B. 70a, Sanh. 43a, Shebu. 36b). It happened in his days that Ifra-Ormuzd, the queen-mother of Sapor II. of Persia, sent to Raba an animal to be sacrificed to the Jewish God and according to ancient Jewish rites; but as the sacrifices had ceased with the destruction of Jerusalem, Raba deputized Aḥa b. Huna, together with Rab Safra, to burn the proffered sacrifice on a sand-bank by the sea, on a pyre prepared of newly felled wood (Zeb. 116b).

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