I was looking up in the Sefaria, but the only reference to the Dinah Demalchutah I could find was in the Babylonian Talmud in the name of the Babylonian Amorah Shmuel (דינא דמלכותא) and only in his name. It does not seem to appear in the Jerusalem Talmud.

Is there a Tannaic source for this fundamental Halachic principle?

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    The term appears in the Zohar. Does that count?
    – Harel13
    Dec 28, 2021 at 8:01
  • @Harel13 many would say the zohar was not written by the tanna despite its claim
    – ezra
    Dec 28, 2021 at 8:45
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    The phrase is Aramaic while most Tannaitic material is Hebrew.
    – Double AA
    Dec 28, 2021 at 12:38
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    רַבִּי חֲנִינָא סְגַן הַכֹּהֲנִים אוֹמֵר, הֱוֵי מִתְפַּלֵּל בִּשְׁלוֹמָהּ שֶׁל מַלְכוּת, שֶׁאִלְמָלֵא מוֹרָאָהּ, אִישׁ אֶת רֵעֵהוּ חַיִּים בְּלָעוֹ. (Avot 3:2) Dec 28, 2021 at 13:44
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    @DoubleAA You can learn things from where terms come from. To take your example, I have read that Sephardim did not develop an equivalent of the milchig/fleishig terminology because butter and milk were not as prominent in their diet. Also seeing a phrase in only Babylonian Aramaic raises a question if the concept existed earlier of if it was just phrased differently.
    – Mike
    Dec 28, 2021 at 16:05


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