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Saboraim (säbōräˈĭm) [key] [Heb., = expositors], in Judaism, title given to the Jewish scholars of the Babylonian academies in the period (6th–7th cent. A.D.) immediately following the Amoraim and preceding that of the Gaonim. Little is known about them. Gaonic sources indicate that the Saboraim did not make new additions to the law, but further explained the legal decisions of their predecessors and attempted to clarify certain ambiguities found in the Talmudic text. They are believed to have been responsible for the final redaction of the Babylonian Talmud.

See H. L. Strack, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash (1931, rev. ed. 1991).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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