Tag: Babylonia (Iraq) | בבל

  • Bavel

    Bavel

    Bavel – בבל (Babylonia) is what Jews called the region of present-day Iraq ruled in the Talmudic period by Sassanian Persia and later, in the period of the Geonim, by the Abbasid Muslim caliphate.

  • Gaon

    Gaon

    גאון – pl. גאונים – Geonim – the formal title of the head of one of the yeshivot (academies) of Bavel (Babylon, or present-day Iraq). See also Geonim.

  • Geonim

    Geonim

    גאונים – sing. גאון (Gaon) – the formal title of the head of one of the yeshivot (academies) of Bavel (Babylon, or present-day Iraq), which was also known as Rosh Yeshiva (Gaon Yaakov) or Reish Metivta. The office itself is referred to as the gaonate and stood in contrast to the Reish Galuta, “Head of […]