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The Medieval Hebrew Encyclopedias of Science and Philosophy : Proceedings of the Bar-Ilan University Conference - S. Harvey

The Medieval Hebrew Encyclopedias of Science and Philosophy

Proceedings of the Bar-Ilan University Conference

By: S. Harvey (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2000
ISBN: 9780792362425
Number Of Pages: 549

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In January 1998 leading scholars from Europe, the United States, and Israel in the fields of medieval encyclopedias (Arabic, Latin and Hebrew) and medieval Jewish philosophy and science gathered together at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, for an international conference on medieval Hebrew encyclopedias of science and philosophy. The primary purpose of the conference was to explore and define the structure, sources, nature, and characteristics of the medieval Hebrew encyclopedias of science and philosophy. This book, the first to devote itself to the medieval Hebrew encyclopedias of science and philosophy, contains revised versions of the papers that were prepared for this conference. This volume also includes an annotated translation of Moritz Steinschneider's groundbreaking discussion of this subject in his Die hebraeischen Aoebersetzungen. The Medieval Hebrew Encyclopedias of Science and Philosophy will be of particular interest to students of medieval philosophy and science, Jewish intellectual history, the history of ideas, and pre-modern Western encyclopedias.

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`...the present volume...contribute[s] greatly to our knowledge of a special genre of medieval Hebrew literature. The authors themselves demonstrate almost encyclopedic knowledge of their subjects, and they write with authoritative voices. The editor is to be commended for his judicious choice of experts and his distribution of topics for them to discuss. The present book is a pioneering study and major contribution to the scholarly discourse concerning the medieval Hebrew encyclopedias, and it deserves wide distribution.'
The Jewish Quarterly Review, 2003:3-4

"The volume offers a comprehensive and sustained examination of a particularly literary genre - the encyclopedia of science and philosophy - as developed in medieval Hebrew literature. It contains articles by some twenty authors, but an obvious preparatory and editorial effort has turned them into a joint work. True to the requirements of its topic, this volume is duly provided with ... an index of books, and indices of names (classical, medieval, and modern) and of contemporary authors." (Sarah Stroumsa, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 123 (2), 2003)

Introductionp. 1
Purpose and Audience: Perspectives on the Thirteenth-Century Encyclopedias of Alexander Neckam, Bartholomaeus Anglicus, Thomas of Cantimpre and Vincent of Beauvaisp. 31
The Organization of Vincent of Beauvais' Speculum maius and of Some Other Latin Encyclopedias. Excursus: Aristotle and Other Greek and Arabic Scientific Sources in Three Thirteenth-Century Latin Encyclopediasp. 46
Medieval Arabic Encyclopedias of Science and Philosophyp. 77
In What Sense Is Averroes an Encyclopedist?p. 99
Reflections on the Place of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah in the Tradition of the Medieval Encyclopediap. 123
The First Hebrew Encyclopedia of Science: Abraham Bar Hiyya's Yesodei ha-Tevunah u-Migdal ha-Emunahp. 140
Encyclopedic Aspects of Abraham ibn Ezra's Scientific Corpusp. 154
Levi ben Abraham of Villefranche's Controversial Encyclopediap. 171
Judah ben Solomon ha-Cohen's Midrash ha-Hokhmah: Its Sources and Use of Sourcesp. 191
Shem-Tov ibn Falaquera's De'ot ha-Filosofim: Its Sources and Use of Sourcesp. 211
Gershom ben Solomon of Arles' Sha'ar ha-Shamayim: Its Sources and Use of Sourcesp. 248
The Logic of the Hebrew Encyclopediasp. 277
Mathematics in the Midrash ha-Hokhmah of Judah ben Solomon ha-Cohenp. 300
The Question of Celestial Matter in the Hebrew Encyclopediasp. 313
Providence, Astrology, and Celestial Influences on the Sublunar World in Shem-Tov ibn Falaquera's De'ot ha-Filosofimp. 335
Some Remarks on Judah ben Solomon ha-Cohen and His Encyclopedia, Midrash ha-Hokhmahp. 371
The Soul of the Hebrew Encyclopedistsp. 390
The Place of Aristotelian Metaphysics in the Thirteenth-Century Encyclopediasp. 414
Ahavah ba-Ta'anugim: A Fourteenth-Century Encyclopedia of Science and Theologyp. 429
The Hebrew Encyclopedias of the Renaissancep. 441
Addendum. Steinschneider on the Medieval Hebrew Encyclopedias: An Annotated Translation from Die hebraeischen Ubersetzungen des Mittelaltersp. 465
Bibliographyp. 520
Index of Passagesp. 522
Index of Booksp. 525
Index on Namesp. 536
Index of Subjectsp. 545
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ISBN: 9780792362425
ISBN-10: 079236242X
Series: Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Philosophy
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 549
Published: 31st March 2000
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.97
Edition Type: Annotated

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