Hiyya the Great

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.

Rabbi Hiyya or Hiyya the Great (ca. 180–230 CE) (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]

His full name is Rabbi Hiyya bar Abba, and so he shares a name with Rabbi Hiyya b. Abba, the 3rd generation Amora of the Land of Israel. Active in Tiberias, Hiyya was the primary compiler of the tosefta. He was also an uncle and teacher of Abba Arika.[3]

Acharonim Rishonim Geonim Savoraim Amoraim Tannaim Zugot


  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
  3. "ḤIYYA BAR ABBA - JewishEncyclopedia.com". www.jewishencyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2016-09-09.

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