Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in by Seth L. Sanders,Jonathan Ben-Dov

By Seth L. Sanders,Jonathan Ben-Dov

Until very lately, the assumption of old Jewish sciences might have
been thought of unacceptable. because the 1990’s, Early Modern
and Medieval technological know-how in Jewish assets has been actively studied, however the consensus was once that no actual clinical topics could
be present in past Judaism. This paintings issues them out in detail,
and posits a brand new box of study: the medical job evident
in the lifeless Sea Scrolls and Early Jewish Pseudepigrapha. The
publication of latest texts and new analyses of older ones reveals
crucial parts which are top illuminated via the historical past of technology, and should have fascinating effects for it. The members evaluation those texts when it comes to astronomy, astrology and
physiognomy, marking the 1st entire try and account
for medical topics in moment Temple Judaism. They investigate
the which means and goal of medical explorations in an apocalyptic surroundings. An appreciation of those subject matters paves the way in which to
a renewed realizing of the clinical fragments scattered
throughout rabbinic literature.

 

The publication first locations the Jewish fabric within the historical context
of the close to japanese and Hellenistic worlds. whereas the Jewish texts
were no longer at the leading edge of medical discovery, they locate a
meaningful position within the historical past of technology, among Babylonia and
Egypt, within the period of time among Hipparchus and Ptolemy. The
book makes use of fresh advances in solution to research the contacts and
networks of Jewish students of their old surroundings. moment, the
essays right here take on the troublesome inspiration of a countrywide scientific
tradition. even though technology is these days usually conceived as common, the historiography of historic Jewish sciences demonstrates
the significance of seeing the improvement of technological know-how in a local
context. The publication explores the stress among the hegemony of
central clinical traditions and native clinical organizations, exhibiting the relevance of old information to modern postcolonial
historiography of technology. eventually, philosophical questions of the
demarcation of technology are addressed in a fashion which could advance
the dialogue of similar historic materials.

 

Online version available as a part of the NYU Library's historic global electronic Library and in partnership with the Institute for the learn of the traditional global (ISAW).

 

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