Hiyya the Great

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For the Amora sage of the Land of Israel, of the 3d Amora Generation, see Rabbi Hiyya b. Abba.
For the Amora sage of Babylon, of the 2nd and 3d Amora Generation, and Dean of the Pumbedita Academy, see Huna b. Hiyya.
Rabbinical Eras

Rabbi Hiyya or Hiyya the Great (Hebrew: רבי חייא, or רבי חייא הגדול) was a Jewish sage of the Land of Israel during the transitional generation between the Tannaic and Amoraic Jewish sages eras (1st Amora Generation). He is accounted as one of the notable sages of these times,[1] and was the son of Abba Karsala from Kafri in Babylon.[2]


  1. ^ According to Rashi in the Babylon Talmud, Tractate Kethuboth, 62b, he descended from Jesse, the father of King David and not from King David himself, and thus Judah haNasi did not engage in the arrangements for the marriage with him
  2. ^ Babylon Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin, 5a