Abba bar Zabdai

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Abba (Ba) bar Zabdai (Hebrew: אבא בר זבדי) was a Palestinian amora who flourished in the 3rd century. He studied in Babylonia, attending the lectures of Rab and Rav Huna, and subsequently settled at Tiberias, where he occupied a respected position by the side of Rav Ammi and Assi. Mention is made of his custom of saying his prayers in a loud voice (Yer. Berachot iv.7a). Of his haggadic productions there exists, among others, a sermon for a public fast-day, on Lamentations iii.41 (Yer. Ta'anit, ii.65a), from which the following may be quoted:

Jewish Encyclopedia bibliography[edit]

  • Bacher, Ag. Pal. Amor. iii.533, 535;
  • Frankel, Mebo, pp. 66a, 67.