It was the birthplace of Dr John Brown, author of Rab and his Friends, whose father was secession minister in the town.
He was the first to arrange a complete liturgy for the synagogue, and his Prayer-Book (Siddur Rab Amram) was the foundation of most of the extant rites in use among the Jews.
The Babylonian Rab) are famous for their ethical teaching, and for their share in popular exposition; one of the best ethical systems of medieval Judaism (by Bahya ibn Pekuda) is founded upon the Talmud; the last exponent of Rabbinical legalism, Joseph Caro, was at the same time a mystic and a pietist; and the combination of the poetical with the legal temperament is frequent.
3 Of their teachers (who were called Rabbi and Rab respectively) several hundreds are known.
Abba Arika or Rab, the nephew of the first mentioned, founded the school of Sura (219 A.D.).