Jewish Commentators — Their Lives and Works
Want to find another Jewish commentator?Yochanan Ben Bag Bag
You can search by acronym (e.g., Rambam),
a part of a name or an alternative spelling.
Enter your own search terms HERE.
or Select another name HERE.
Hebrew Name(s): יוחנן בן בג בג
Other Names: Ben Bag Bag, Yochanan Bag Bag, Joḥanan Bag Bag
Period: Tannaim — 2nd Century
Dates: 2nd Century
The term "Bag Bag" has been explained as an appellation reserved for a descendant of a convert who changed his name to disguise himself from the Romans. Bag Bag is an acronym for ben ger ben giyoret - son of a male and female convert (Tosafot to Ḥag. 9b). A sentence in the Mishnah (M. Avot) is attributed to Ben Bag Bag (and another to Ben Heh Heh.) Both sentences are attributed to Hillel in Avot de R Natan.
There is an old tradition that Ben Bag Bag was a disciple of Hillel and that Bag Bag and Heh Heh may have been the same person (mentioned in Zacuto's Yuḥusin).
Last database update: 25 November, 2014
|Page generated: 14 December, 2019|
| Last Site Update:
4 November, 2018
| 26 Cheshvan, 5779
Web Design: Elisheva