A friend mentioned to me that there are no Tanaim or Amoraim named Avraham, Moshe or Dovid and that there was "some torah" on this fact, but he couldn't remember what it was. Is there any source for this idea?

  • It's false. There were people with those names. See Gittin 50a Erchin 23a and some versions of Yevamot 115b.
    – Double AA
    May 5, 2014 at 21:04
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    @DoubleAA Avram is not the same as Avraham, and Moshe in Erchin seems to be related to an Amora, but not himself an Amora. May 5, 2014 at 22:08
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    answers to your question are found here: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/31929/603
    – Menachem
    May 5, 2014 at 23:28
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    @Menachem I think you are right. Why not post that as an answer?
    – user5092
    May 6, 2014 at 13:35
  • Plenty of Yaakov's and Yitzchak's and Shimon's and Yehudah's. So it has nothing to do with names from Tanach.
    – DonielF
    May 7, 2017 at 14:06

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Different names are popular in different time periods. Add to that that most of the later amoraim had non-hebrew names.

  • This does not answer the question. May 7, 2017 at 1:24
  • @sabbahillel It depends how you define "some Torah".
    – mevaqesh
    May 7, 2017 at 1:51
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    May 7, 2017 at 1:51

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