A Metallurgical Gemara: Metals in the Jewish Sources

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Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies, Institute of Archaeology, University College, 2007 - Jewish metal-work - 185 pages
A Metallurgical Gemara is the first in-depth exploration of evidence of the use of metals and related technologies within the classic Jewish literary sources. Levene's expertise in Semitic languages and Jewish studies and Rothenberg's unique understanding and knowledge of the history of metallurgy combine to produce this unique interdisciplinary research. Their work brings to light the extent to which metal work was part of the lives of the Israelites of antiquity and the Jews of the late antique and medieval worlds. But this book is more than just an analysis of technical aspects; it traces the place of the metallurgical motif in these people's lives and folklore, and explores the ancient concepts regarding the nature of matter as expressed through the prism of their religious world view.

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Dan Levene is a lecturer of Jewish history and culture in the Department of History at Southampton University.

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