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By Seth L. Sanders,Jonathan Ben-Dov

Until very lately, the belief of historic Jewish sciences may 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 subject matters could
be present in past Judaism. This paintings issues them out in detail,
and posits a brand new box of analysis: the clinical task evident
in the useless Sea Scrolls and Early Jewish Pseudepigrapha. The
publication of recent texts and new analyses of older ones reveals
crucial components which are top illuminated by way of the heritage of technology, and should have fascinating effects for it. The individuals assessment those texts relating to astronomy, astrology and
physiognomy, marking the 1st entire try to account
for medical subject matters in moment Temple Judaism. They investigate
the which means and function of medical explorations in an apocalyptic surroundings. An appreciation of those themes paves the best way to
a renewed knowing of the clinical fragments scattered
throughout rabbinic literature.

 

The ebook 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 innovative of medical discovery, they locate a
meaningful position within the historical past of technological know-how, among Babylonia and
Egypt, within the period of time among Hipparchus and Ptolemy. The
book makes use of contemporary advances in solution to research the contacts and
networks of Jewish students of their historic atmosphere. moment, the
essays right here take on the frustrating suggestion of a countrywide scientific
tradition. even supposing technological know-how is these days frequently 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 ebook explores the strain among the hegemony of
central medical traditions and native medical agencies, exhibiting the relevance of old facts to modern postcolonial
historiography of technological know-how. ultimately, philosophical questions of the
demarcation of technology are addressed in a fashion which can advance
the dialogue of comparable historic materials.

 

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

 

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