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
- 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),
(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.
See article by Moshe SHALTIEL-GRACIAN
mosheshaltiel at cs.com
- His first wife, Adoa, a Davidic Jewish princess (relative), had two sons: Hisdai I &
- His 2nd wife, Dara or Azdadwar
Izdadwar daughter of Zamaspdukht
and King Shahrijar III of Persia.
The Parthi princess, had three sons:
(a) Hisdai II,
(b) Nehemiah, and
[Hananiah], who was "exilarch" of Sura 689-694.
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.
(However, according to Rinnah Burns
dburns60 at neo.rr.com, their three
sons were Shahrijar, Durdanshah, and Mardanshah. Source:
Arthur J. ZUCKERMAN's
A Jewish Princedom in Feudal France, 768-900
and David HUGHES's Davidic Dynasty.)
- 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.
Contact: Leone WEST firstname.lastname@example.org for
descendants of Nehemiah.
- 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
ancestry of Matityahu Gaon.)
Sons: Samuel Ha-Nagid, Yehoseph Ha-Nagid (father of Samuel,
father 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
- R. Yoseph I. Gaon. Executed 1066. Married daughter
of Rabbi Nissim Ben Yaakov. According to Moshe Shaltiel, Yoseph was assassinated in a pogrom in
Granada (1062) where he served as a Grand Vizier like his father before him.
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