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exilarch

[eg-zuh-lahrk, ek-suh-]
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noun
  1. one of a line of hereditary rulers of the Jewish community in Babylonia from about the 2nd century a.d. to the beginning of the 11th century.

Origin of exilarch

First recorded in 1890–95; exile + -arch
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Historical Examples

  • But if the Exilarch was not learned, he delegated this duty to the Gaon of Sora.

    History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)

    Heinrich Graetz

  • So the office of Exilarch was left vacant for a year or two.

  • Bostana was the first Exilarch who was the vassal of the Mahometans.

  • The rival Exilarch Hassan was banished to Khorasan, where he died.

  • The Exilarch appoints the Chiefs of the Academies by placing his hand upon their heads, thus installing them in their office.