1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/'Abba 'Arika
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'ABBA 'ARIKA, the name of the Babylonian 'amora (q.v.) of the 3rd century, who established at Sura the systematic study of the Rabbinic traditions which, using the Mishnah as text, led to the compilation of the Talmud. He is commonly known as Rab.