Mar Zutra: His Place and Position

Bar-Ilan University Press

Alternate title of the article: On the Quality of the Text of "Iggeret Rav Sherira Gaon".

In this article Harry Fox brings new proofs from chronicles that attest to his being the head of the yeshiva in Pumbedita, and additional proofs that he was the exilarch. Furthermore, it should be noted that an examination of Bavli manuscripts also points to his having been referred to by both titles - Mar and Rav. The importance of examining chronicles that supplement and that oppose Iggeret Rav Sherira Gaon, such as Seder Tannaim v’Amoraim, is also discussed.


Publication Type

Journal Name

Sidra (Journal for the Study of Rabbinic Literature)

Volume Number

24-25, pp. 351-368.