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

By Sela, Shlomo Sela

This quantity bargains the 1st serious variation, translated and annotated, of the 2 types of Abrahan Ibn Ezra's ebook of the area, the 1st Hebrew paintings, detailed in medieval Jewish technological know-how, to debate the theories and strategies of old and meteorological astrology.

Preface; Abbreviations; advent; Early-Jewish international Astrology; major assets, Theories and Doctrines in 'Olam I and 'Olam II; global Astrology in different elements of Abraham Ibn Ezra's Oeuvre; position and Date of Composition; The severe variation of the Hebrew textual content; half One: First model of the ebook of the area through Abraham Ibn Ezra. Hebrew textual content and English Translation; half : Notes to the 1st model of the ebook of the realm; half 3: moment model of the publication of the area 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: comparable Texts; The booklet of Masha'allah on Eclipses; The 10th bankruptcy of Reshit Hokhmah; a fraction of the lengthy observation 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 indicators of towns; G. Zodiacal indicators and Planets Assigned to Lands and Kingdoms. H. professionals and SourcesBibliography; thesaurus of Technical phrases; Index.

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See the cross-references to this excursus in the long commentary on Exodus: :, :; :, :, :; :, :, :; :. 174 Long comm. Ex. :, § : (below, pp. –). 178 The core of these secrets is Deuteronomy :, which, in Ibn Ezra’s interpretation, indicates that “it is known by experience that each and every nation has a specific planet and zodiacal sign, and so too each and every city. God has granted Israel a most-favored status, in that He determines their future, and not a star.

The first layer begins with the fixed stars, which are divided into the classical  constellations of Ptolemy and held to be responsible for the fixity of the species,174 the 170 Reshit Hokhmah, ch. X, § :–. Kit¯ab al-Tafh¯ım, , § , p. ” 172 Reshit Hokhmah, ch. X, § :. 173 This exegetical excursus has a grammatical, a mathematical, and an astrological section. Ibn Ezra addressed it to the initiated and learned and considered it to be a cardinal component of his exegetical work. See the cross-references to this excursus in the long commentary on Exodus: :, :; :, :, :; :, :, :; :.

107 After this parallel presentation, the treatment of the conjunctions is scattered throughout the two texts in passages where other astrological agents are dealt with as well. 108 But in #Olam I (§ :) we read that the great conjunction “signifies that a prophet will come to found a nation”; and in a remarkable passage of #Olam II Ibn Ezra provides a succinct but comprehensive picture of how the conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter brought about the emergence of the three monotheistic religions.

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