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Ravina ben Huna
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Hebrew Name(s): רבינא בן הונה
Other Names: Rabina II, Ravina II
Period: Amoraim — 5th Century
Location: Sura, Babylonia
Dates: 5th Century

Biography:
Ravina II was a Babylonian Talmudist and rabbi of the Eighth Generation of the Amoraim.
In 475 CE he completed the editing of the Gemara portion of the Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud), begun by Ashi and his scholars.  In this way he completed the work of his teacher Rav Ashi. Ravina II was a nephew of Ravina I.
 
Ravina was raised by his maternal uncle, Ravina I. He was a colleague of Mar ben Ashi, the son of Ashi, and was a judge in Sura shortly after the time of Ashi's death.  He was for a short period (474 CE) director of the academy at Sura. He was named, with Rav Ashi, "the last of the Hora'ah." With his death in 499 CE the Amoraic period drew to a close.

 

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