Abraham Ibn Ezra, the Book of the World: A Parallel Hebrew-English Critical Edition of the Two Versions of the Text

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BRILL, 2010 - Social Science - 353 pages
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The present volume offers the first critical edition of the Hebrew text of the two versions of Ibn Ezra s Book of the World, accompanied by an English translation and a commentary. These twin treatises represent the first Hebrew work, unique in medieval Jewish science, to discuss the theories and techniques of historical and meteorological astrology that had accumulated from Antiquity to Ibn Ezra s time, on the basis of Greek, Hindu, Persian, and Arabic sources. This volume also incorporates the first critical edition, translated and annotated, of M sh Žall h s Book on Eclipses, a work dealing with mundane astrology whose Hebrew translation was ascribed to Ibn Ezra, as well as a study of three brief texts in which Ibn Ezra conveyed his own opinion about mundane astrology.
 

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Contents

First Version of the Book of the World by Abraham
51
Second Version of the Book of the World by Abraham
155
The Book of Mashaallah on Eclipses
235
The Tenth Chapter of Reshit Hokhmah
261
The Introduction to Sefer haMoladot
281
A Manuscripts
295
Contents of Olam I and Concordance to Olam II
303
Contents of Olam II and Concordance to Olam I
309
F Zodiacal Signs of Cities
315
Bibliography
323
Glossary of Technical Terms
333
Index
347
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About the author (2010)

Shlomo Sela is a lecturer in the Departments of Jewish Philosophy and Bible at Bar-Ilan University. His research focuses on Jewish attitudes toward the sciences, with special interest in the history of astrology in the Middle Ages. He has recently published: Abraham Ibn Ezra: The Book of Reasons, A Parallel Hebrew-English Critical Edition of the Two Versions of the Text, Edited, translated, and annotated by Shlomo Sela, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007. With this volume he begins the publication of Ibn Ezra s complete works on astrology.

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