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Which Amora is mentioned most often throughout Talmud Bavli?

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related drewkaplans.blogspot.com/2011/07/… –  Double AA Sep 10 '12 at 3:24
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I think there are different answers depending on the exact terms of the question; there are dozens of searches you could do on this one (e.g. "what value of X has the highest occurrences of amar rav X?").

As a first attempt, here are the most-common words in the Babylonian Talmud (using mechon-mamre's text as-is); I've highlighted the ones that may be a person's name. The problem is that "rava" could also mean "great"; "shmuel" could be the Amora or the Biblical prophet; and so on. I suspect Rav Ashi gets far more appearances than his colleague Ravina not necessarily by his own right, but because he also gets billing whenever his son, Mar bar Rav Ashi, appears.

From a quick glance, I'd give the most-unmistakable-occurrences prize to Abayei, except that there was more than one Abayei in the Gemara (if I'm not mistaken). Which means the most-unmistakable-occurrences prize would then go to Rav Huna (I don't think there was more than one Rav Huna? Anyone?)

Interesting that Rabba and his debate partner, Rabbi Nachman, appear almost exactly the same number of times.


אמר 35633

לא 28819

רב 17630

ליה 16048

אלא 15040

רבי 13308

על 11589

את 10198

אין 9582

ולא 9550

אומר 9078

הוא 9067

מאי 9066

כל 8682

לו 8597

בר 8207

לה 7458

ר' 7446

של 7318

יהודה 7224

נמי 6820

הא 6709

דאמר 6154

אי 6099

בן 5989

אבל 5768

כי 5714

משום 5350

מה 5261

זה 5217

עד 4956

או 4875

יוחנן 4798

היא 4700

שלא 4687

א"ל 4499

מן 4475

לי 4408

אחד 4399

דלא 4323

הכי 4270

אם 4254

רבא 4108

להו 3988

בין 3777

אף 3750

לאו 3726

א"ר 3631

לך 3584

בו 3412

בה 3408

מי 3387

אינו 3382

יוסי 3287

שאין 3271

והא 3260

דכתיב 3208

שנאמר 3150

הכא 3047

(ויקרא 3009

אדם 2860

דרב 2828

קא 2802

הוה 2797

ואין 2759

אחת 2758

חייב 2730

ישראל 2722

הרי 2667

רבנן 2632

סבר 2621

שמעון 2589

אימא 2580

אביי 2571

ואמר 2558

עליו 2519

שמואל 2479

איכא 2473

אפילו 2421

התם 2410

זו 2353

דבר 2344

ואם 2336

אלעזר 2310

דתניא 2302

בית 2301

אמרו 2264

ואי 2251

האי 2239

דברי 2223

תנא 2202

כאן 2196

הונא 2196

היה 2137

ה' 2137

טעמא 2126

מפני 2118

שני 2092

כיון 2087

(דברים 2071

יש 2068

קרא 2057

אחר 2023

מר 1996

כוכבים> 1982

רבה 1971

נחמן 1965

אשי 1938

יום 1930

דמי 1912

עליה 1889

יוסף 1885

יהושע 1863

מהו 1862

קשיא 1855

אסור 1850

בני 1836

ביה 1830

קאמר 1784

כתיב 1764

אומרים 1763

אל 1752

פפא 1736

אליעזר 1721

ורבי 1718

תניא 1711

יצחק 1678

אבא 1654

אותו 1633

לעולם 1616

דרבי 1616

לרב 1613

אשר 1613

וכי 1604

(שמות 1565

אני 1564

ת"ל 1531

הוי 1526

אתה 1521

להם 1517

פטור 1508

בעי 1508

בהן 1497

אמרת 1488

רחמנא 1479

מותר 1476

לומר 1472

הן 1447

למה 1446

שנים 1444

יכול 1423

מעשה 1405

מאיר 1399

בריה 1395

היו 1394

תורה 1393

שמע 1392

חסדא 1392

היכי 1390

אמרי 1385

חייא 1384

(במדבר 1377

ההוא 1375

שהוא 1365

דלמא 1348

קתני 1340

ת"ר 1335

דאמרי 1332

כדי 1330

גבי 1329

אלו 1323

ואחד 1303

וכל 1302

חד 1297

בעל 1297

כך 1291

לפני 1282

מקום 1279

הלכה 1277

חנינא 1276

איש 1276

צריך 1264

אשה 1263

בשלמא 1258

מיניה 1245

שאני 1230

ישמעאל 1230

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Wow, great list. But why doesn't R' Yochanan win? Surely most of those references are to the Amora. –  Dave Dec 1 '10 at 15:54
    
Could be R' Yochanan ben Zakai or R' Yishmael brabi Yochanan ... would have to check the numbers. My definition of "unmistakable" was fuzzy, I know. –  Shalom Dec 1 '10 at 15:59
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There actually is more than one Rav Huna in the Gemara too. For example, there's רב הונא בר נתן, the Reish Galusa in Rav Ashi's times (Gittin 59a, Zevachim 19a). –  Alex Dec 1 '10 at 19:37
    
This is pretty awesome. What database did you use? –  Seth J Apr 24 '13 at 15:15
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Rav could be anyone (Rav Huna, Rav Ashi, etc). –  Shmuel Brin Jul 26 '13 at 16:33
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It is said that there are no 3 consecutive pages that do not contain a mention of Abaye or Rava. I heard that many years ago, one of the first companies to make a computer search program on Gemara "proved" this using their search functions, and offered a prize to anyone who could show otherwise. Well, someone did find 3 pages where neither of these Amoraim is mentioned (I'm not sure where); what threw the computer off was the phrase גברא רבא!

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mi.yodeya.com/questions/4308/… –  Shalom Nov 30 '10 at 21:53
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hmm... so maybe it was 6 pages... –  Dave Dec 1 '10 at 3:16
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