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Abraham Ibn Ezra Book of the World by Sela, Shlomo Sela

By Sela, Shlomo Sela

This quantity deals the 1st serious version, translated and annotated, of the 2 models of Abrahan Ibn Ezra's ebook of the area, the 1st Hebrew paintings, detailed in medieval Jewish technology, to debate the theories and strategies of ancient and meteorological astrology.

Preface; Abbreviations; advent; Early-Jewish global Astrology; major assets, Theories and Doctrines in 'Olam I and 'Olam II; international Astrology in different elements of Abraham Ibn Ezra's Oeuvre; position and Date of Composition; The severe version of the Hebrew textual content; half One: First model of the booklet of the area by way of Abraham Ibn Ezra. Hebrew textual content and English Translation; half : Notes to the 1st model of the e-book of the area; half 3: moment model of the ebook of the realm by means of Abraham Ibn Ezra. Hebrew textual content and English Translation. half 4: Notes to the second one model of the publication of the WorldPart 5: similar Texts; The ebook of Masha'allah on Eclipses; The 10th bankruptcy of Reshit Hokhmah; a fraction of the lengthy statement on Ex. 33:21; The creation to Sefer ha-Moladot; half Six: Appendixes; A. Manuscripts; B. References to Sefer ha-'Olam; C. Contents of 'Olam I and Concordance to 'Olam II; D. Contents of 'Olam II and Concordance to 'Olam I; E. Liber Primus de Gentibus and Concordance to 'Olam I and 'Olam II; F. Zodiacal symptoms of towns; G. Zodiacal symptoms and Planets Assigned to Lands and Kingdoms. H. gurus and SourcesBibliography; word list of Technical phrases; Index.

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163 Reshit Hokhmah, ch. X, § :–. 164 Reshit Hokhmah, ch. X, § :–. 165 Reshit Hokhmah, ch. X, § :–. This is the only component that is mentioned in . #Olam I, § :–; § :– and #Olam II, § :–; § :–. 166 Reshit Hokhmah, ch. X, § :. For the fard¯ ar, see above, pp. –. 167 These cycles are: (i) the mighty intih¯ a", which moves one zodiacal sign every  solar years (corresponds to the “thousands”); (ii) the big intih¯a", which moves one sign every  years (corresponds to the “hundreds”); (iii) the middle intih¯a", which moves one sign every  years (corresponds to the “tens”), (iv) the small fard¯ar (corresponds to the fard¯ar); and (v) the small intih¯a", which moves one sign every year (corresponds to the “units”).

I, cap. viii, sig. Gr; Tractatus pluviarum, – (ed. Burnett, p. ). 152 #Olam B, § :–, § :–, § :–, § :– and notes, cf. Epitome, , Lib. I, cap. ii, sig. Fr– Fr. introduction  Ibn Ezra juxtaposes world astrology and the doctrine of nativities and presents a series of original ideas about world astrology. . The Tenth Chapter of Reshit Hokhmah . 154 As it happens, Ibn Ezra followed Ab¯u Ma#shar’s lead: conjunctional astrology is discussed mainly in the two versions of Sefer ha-#Olam, while cyclical world astrology is dealt with almost exclusively in the tenth chapter of Reshit Hokhmah, an introduction to astrology that is considered to be .

140 #Olam I, § :–; § :–. 141 See note on #Olam I, § :. 142 For instance, Ibn Ezra’s harsh attack on the Geonim, in general, and on Saadia Gaon, in particular, for employing secular sciences in their biblical commentaries in an irrelevant manner and without being sufficiently knowledgeable about the sciences. See Sela, , pp. –. 143 #Olam I, § :; § :; § :; § :. 144 #Olam I, § : and note. 145 #Olam I, § :. 146 #Olam II, § :. 149 The present edition, while focusing exclusively on the links between #Olam I and #Olam II, on the one hand, and the Liber primus de gentibus and Tractatus Pluviarum, on the other, fully corroborates these findings.

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