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There seems to be an accepted list of who served as Reish Gelutha. Is it possible to deduce who was Reish Gelutha in any or all references in stories involving the office holder in the Gemara?

  • "There seems to be an accepted list of who served as Reish Gelutha"? – msh210 Sep 13 '12 at 22:27
  • According to Wikipedia. I started to phrase my question differently until I read that. Wikipedia attributes the list to Seder 'Olam Zuta. – Seth J Sep 14 '12 at 1:01
  • It is not an accepted list at all. In fact, Seder Olam Zutta is the only "historical document" that provides many of these names, and it possesses an overt (and obvious) bias in favour of the geonim. – Shimon bM Sep 14 '12 at 1:47
  • @Shimon bm can you point to an alternative list? My original question was simply, do we know who held the position and when, and can we deduce...? – Seth J Sep 14 '12 at 3:31

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