Ravina II

For the Amora sage of the 5th and 6th generation, see: Ravina I.

Ravina II (Hebrew: רב אבינא בר רב הונא or רבינא האחרון) was a Jewish Talmudist and rabbi, accounted as an Amora sage of the 8th generation of the Amoraim era. Most scholars agree that the rabbi here in question was Ravina the son of R. Huna, and not Ravina the colleague of R. Ashi who died before R. Ashi.[1] Ravina II died in 475 CE, but not before he redacted the final edition of the Babylonian Talmud,[2] completing the work that was begun by his teacher Rav Ashi. He was also a nephew of Ravina I. He served as leader of the Jewish community in Babylonia for 22 years. One year before his death, all the Babylonian synagogues were closed, and Jewish infants were handed over to the Magians.[3]

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  1. ^ Sherira Gaon (1988). The Iggeres of Rav Sherira Gaon. Translated by Nosson Dovid Rabinowich. Jerusalem: Rabbi Jacob Joseph School Press - Ahavath Torah Institute Moznaim. p. 79. 923562173., s.v. Ravina, who cites Rabbi HaLevi, vol. 6, chaps. 4-7, who, in turn, cites Rabbi Sherira Gaon in ch. 11, p. 116.
  2. ^ Sherira Gaon (1988). The Iggeres of Rav Sherira Gaon. Translated by Nosson Dovid Rabinowich. Jerusalem: Rabbi Jacob Joseph School Press - Ahavath Torah Institute Moznaim. p. 116. 923562173.
  3. ^ Sherira Gaon (1988). The Iggeres of Rav Sherira Gaon. Translated by Nosson Dovid Rabinowich. Jerusalem: Rabbi Jacob Joseph School Press - Ahavath Torah Institute Moznaim. p. 118. 923562173.; cf. Widengen, G. (1963). "The Status of the Jews in the Sassanian Empire". Iranica Antiqua I: 142–143.