Nehunyah ben ha-Kanah

Nehunyah ben ha-Kanah
(fl. lst cent)
   Palestinian tanna. He was born in Emmaus in Judea. His students included Ishmael ben Elisha, who was influenced by his method of interpreting Scripture. He adopted the interpretive principle of 'kelal u-pherat' (general followed by a particular), in opposition to the system of Nahum of Gimzo. A number of mystical works are ascribed to him, including the Bahir and the acrostic prayer Anna be-koah

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