Yose ben Avin

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YOSE BEN AVIN (fourth century), Palestinian amora. Yose b. Avin is frequently mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud and is one of the last scholars referred to there by name. He was a pupil of Yose of Yokrat and later of Assi (according to the reading of Dik. Sof., Ta'an. 23b). Although he frequently transmitted the words of his predecessors, no one, apart from the anonymous "rabbis of Caesarea" (tj, Shab. 8:1, 11a; et al.), transmitted sayings in his name. According to one tradition (Yev. 45b) he was also in Babylonia, and statements of his are cited in the Babylonian Talmud, though his name is often interchanged with that of his contemporary, Yose b. Zevida. Similarly, in the Palestinian Talmud he is cited as transmitting Babylonian teachings (tj, 1:2, 60b) and customs (tj, Pes. 10:2, 37c). There is great confusion in the sources about his exact dates, and some scholars are of the opinion that there was more than one amora*Avin (or Ravin). His son Samuel is also mentioned (tj, Dem. 4:3, 24a) as well as his son-in-law, Hillel (tj, Ber. 2:5.5a).


Frankel, Mevo, 102a; Hyman, Toledot, s.v.; Z.W. Rabinowitz, Sha'arei Torat Bavel (1961), 444–47: H. Albeck, Mavo la-Talmudim (1969), 336–37.