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Zohar (Vayikra 10a) quotes a sefer by R. Hamnunab [Hanunah] Sabah, a sage of Second Beit HaMikdash times. Thing is, I can't pin-point the lifespan. Can someone help me with this? Toda.

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    kotar.cet.ac.il/KotarApp/Index/… says here that he lived in Sachnin. And in Hebrew Wikipedia it says that he may have lived even before the Tannaim. – Harel13 May 20 at 22:35
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    @Harel13 how does that make any sense? sefaria.org/Sukkah.42a.6 – Heshy May 20 at 23:42
  • @Heshy please recall that Talmud is known for weaving in generations as if arguing on the spot. I could be wrong in regards to this very instance (Sukkah 42a), but it is my first instinct. – Rivka May 21 at 0:29
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    @Heshy, I'm no expert, which why I said what I said in the name of the sources. However, if you enter רב המנונא in Heb. Wiki. You'll find that there were several individuals with that name. Some googling showed me that there were apparently two individuals with the name Rav Hamnuna Saba. To the best of my limited knowledge, what I wrote is attributed to the first and he's the one that appears in the Zohar. – Harel13 May 21 at 3:47
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    Do we know there are two R Hamnuna Sabbas if not for the Zohar? Or is the existence of a second earlier one a postulate just to explain how the Zohar could really have been written by a Tanna? Because the alternative is there's really only one Hamnuna Sabba the famous Amora and at least those parts of the Zohar are from later than Rashbi. This would explain why you Rivka couldn't find any biographical details about this alleged person. – Double AA May 22 at 0:33

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