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Mishna Berura 167:51 says that the word רחמנא in Hashems name in Lashon Bavli. I would imagine that since the Talmud Bavli was not written in Hebrew they used the name of Hashem which was popular in the then current day vernacular.


There is a claim made here  http://books.google.com/books?id=mIqrXP1QRwgC&pg=PA369&lpg=PA369&dq=babylonian+rachmana&source=bl&ots=Yu0uJuK4qK&sig=nOJFjCzDrrz8mE8m_5CvWYRMsMo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=g2RiVOOSA-nksAScqoLoAw&ved=0CCwQ6AEwBg In the Babylonian Talmud, as I have elsewhere pointed out", one of the most frequent ...

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