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Hananya Bustani, birth CA 589 Pembeditha, Babylon Persia, died CA 660 Baghdad, occupation: Exilarch, son of Hanina(i) and nn
Possible ancestor R. Yoseph I may descend via Bustanai from the King David genealogy as follows:
Each entry is supposed to be the son of daughter of the previous entry.
Hananiah. Sons: Pelatiah (Phaltial), Jeshaiah (Yesaiah) (Yeshaya) (Isaiah), Exilarch (Contact Don Stone for descendants)
Exilarch Isaiah or Jeshaiah (b. Jerusalem about 469 B.C.E.)
Exilarch Rephaiah (b. Jerusalem about 424 B.C.E.)
Exilarch Amay or Arnan (b. Jerusalem about 400 B.C.E.)
Exilarch Obadaiah (b. Jerusalem about 375 B.C.E.)
Exilarch Shecanian
Exilarch Shemaiah (b. Jerusalem about 325 B.C.E.). Children: Exilarch Neariah, Exilarch Hattush II, Exilarch Shemida, Igeal (Igal), Bariah, Shaphat,
Neariah (b. Jerusalem about 297 B.C.E.). Children: Exilarch Hezekaiah (father of Exilarch Nakhum I), Exilarch Azrikam, Exilarch Elioenai. (Another source gives a different descent from here to Huna II)
Exilarch Hizkiah Elioenai (lived Jerusalem, b. about 272 B.C.E.). Seven son all of whom were Exilarchs: Anani, Dalaiah, Johanan, Akkub, Pelaiah, Eliashib, Hodaviah (ancestor of some more exilarchs)
Akkub (lived Jerusalem, b. about 244 B.C.E.)
Nathan (possibly Nathan De-Zuzita, an illusive Jewish hero whose story is chronologically out of place and in literature jumps around history.)
Ahija, founded a new dynasty of exilarchs around 135 on the extinction of previous dynasty (none of ancestors between him and Akkub were exilarches). Sons: Nakhum, II, Johanan, Nathan.
Nakhum, II (around 145-170) Sons: Huna, I, Mar-Ukba, I.
Mar-Ukba, I (around 210-240). Sons: Huna, II, Nathan, I
Huna, II, Exilarch 240-259. Sons: Nathan I, and Nosson
Nathan I UKBA, Exilarch at Babylon 259-270. Sons: Nehemiah I, Mar-Ukba, II
Nehemiah (b. 270, executed 313), Exilarch at Babylon. Sons: Mar-Ukba, II/III, Isaac, Huna, III.
Nathan (known as Ukba Mar II before he became Exilarch), Exilarch at Babylon (d. 337, reigned 313-337).
Mar Abba Abra, Exilarch at Babylon (b. 300, d. 370, reigned 350-370) Sons: Nathan, II, Kahana, I
Mar Kahani, I, Exilarch at Babylon (reigned 400-415). Sons: Nathan, Huna, IV, Mar-Zutra, I
Mar Zutra I, Exilarch at Babylon (b. 370, d. 413(???), reigned 441-455). Sons: Kahana II, Huna V, and Nosson.
Maremar = Kahana II (reigned 455-465).
Haninai = Huna VI (reigned 484-508) Sons: Mar-Zutra II, and Hizkiah (father of David father of Mar-Zutra III)
one missing generation?
Mar Zutra II (b. 493, d. 520, reigned 508-520). Sons: Ahunai (Huna-Mar II), and Sutra I who went to palestine and founded a new dynansty of the Palestinian Nesi'im.
Huna Mar (Ahunai) (520-581)
Kafnai Hofnai (Kafnai; Qafnai), exilarch at Babylon (550-581). Sons: Haninai and Hushiel.
Haninai (b. 560 Persia, d. 590 executed), exilarch at Babylon (581-589)
Bustanai (d. 660/5) was the first Exilarch to be recognized by Arab rule. His birth and much of his life is surrounded by legend. As a token of appreciation, Caliph Ali gave him the daughter of the Persian king Yazdeger (Yazadagird III of Parthia ) for a slave. Eventually Bustanai married her.
His first wife, Adoa, a Davidic Jewish princess (relative), had two sons: Hisdai I & Baradai;
His 2nd wife, Dara or Azdadwar Izdundad or Izdadwar daughter of Zamaspdukht and King Shahrijar III of Persia. The Parthi princess, had three sons: (a) Hisdai II , (b) Nehemiah , and (c) Haninai [Hananiah], who was "exilarch" of Sura 689-694. Se e family trees descending from Haninai. The descendants of Haninai appear to occupy the gaonate of Sura for several generations and may also be ancestors of the Maharal of Prague <maharal.shtmll>. (However, according to Rinnah Burns, their three son s were Shahrijar, Durdanshah, and Mardanshah. Source: Arthur J. ZUCKERMAN's A Jewish Princedom in Feudal France, 768-900 and David HUGHES's Davidic Dynasty.
See article by Moshe SHALTIEL-GRACIAN
Prince Haninai Baradai (d. 689). Three sons: Hisdai II (exilarch c. 700-730) (information available), Nehemiah through whom the line of the exilarchs eventually passes, and Hananiah
Hannaniah, the gaon of Sura from 689 to 694. Sons: Hilai (Hillel) gaon of Sura from 694 to 712, and Yakob
Yakob, Gaon of Sura from 712-730
Mari, Gaon of Sura from 748 or 751 to 756 (d. 756).
Hillel, Gaon of Sura 792-798, d. 798. Sons: Ivomai, Natroi gaon of Sura (d. 853) and Rivyai (father of Joseph [d. 841])
Ivomai, Kohen Zedek, Gaon 838-848. Sons: Hophni, Nehemiah and Nahshon (gaon of Sura 874-882, and father of Khai gaon of Sura 889-896).
Hophni. Given by another source as Hophni son of Zedek Ha-COHEN son of Ivomai.
Rabba or Rabban
Mari, Gaon of Sura, went to Spain in 941.
Samuel Ha-Gaon, gaon of an academy in Spain around 975. Died 935.
Hophni ha-COHEN (from Merida?) (d. 963) married the daughter of Tzadok Kahana son of Mar Joseph Rav, grandson of Matityahu Gaon. (See David HUGHES for ancestry of Matityahu Gaon.) Sons: Samuel Ha-Nagid, Yehoseph Ha-Nagid (father of Samuel, fathe r of Joseph Ha-Nagid who was killed in a pogrom 1062)
Samuel Ha-Nagid (b. Spain, d. 1056 Spain or 1034) (Last Gaon of the Sura academy 997-1013).
Samuel's daughter Asmouna possibly married Hai Gaon.
Samuel's son Israel was Gaon of Sura Academy 1017-1034. (Azariah ha-Kohen [Gaon of Sura Academy 1034-1037] may have been son of Israel.)
Samuel's son Isaac was a gaon.
(generation skipped in some accounts) Joseph Ibn Nagrela [Al-Nagrila] Ha-Nagid (d. 1034)
(generation skipped in some accounts) Samuel Ha-Nagid, vizier 1027 (d. 1056).
R. Yoseph I. Gaon. Executed 1066. Married daughter of Rabbi Nissim Ben Yaakov. According to oshe Shaltiel, Yoseph was assassinated in a pogrom in Granada (1062) where he served as a Grand Vizier like his father before him.
Adoa , alias: Adai, daughter of Imam Assad bin Imaam Hashim and Zahna Zauja-e-Assad bint* Imaam Hashim
Davidic Jewish princess
1) Hisdai I, birth CA 618
2) Haninai al-Nehar Pekkod ben Bustanai bar Adai, Exilarch & Gaon of Sura to:
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Hananya Bustani to:
Princess Izdundad (Dara?), daughter of King Yazdegerd (Yazadagird) and Princess Manyanh of Byzantium
Persian princess given by Omar as a slave. Bustenai proceeded to free her and to marry her after she converted to Judaism.
1) Hisdai II , birth CA 645 Babel, died CA 717 Babel, occupation: Exilarch & Gaon of Sura
2) Nechemiah
3) Prince Haninai Bar Adai (Hananiah), alias: Hanini bar Adoi, birth CA 615, died CA 689, occupation: Gaon Sura 689-694 to:
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