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Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature
Author: Seth L. Sanders

ISBN: 9781479823048
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 17 March 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.3
Until very recently, the idea of ancient Jewish sciences would havebeen considered unacceptable. Since the 1990's, Early Modernand Medieval Science in Jewish sources has been actively studied, but the consensus was that no real scientific themes couldbe found in earlier Judaism. This work points them out in detail,and posits a new field of research: the scientific activity evidentin the Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Jewish Pseudepigrapha. Thepublication of new texts and new analyses of older ones revealscrucial elements that are best illuminated by the history of science, and may have interesting consequences for it. The contributors evaluate these texts in relation to astronomy, astrology andphysiognomy, marking the first comprehensive attempt to accountfor scientific themes in Second Temple Judaism. They investigatethe meaning and purpose of scientific explorations in an apocalyptic setting. An appreciation of these topics paves the way toa renewed understanding of the scientific fragments scatteredthroughout rabbinic literature. The book first places the Jewish material in the ancient contextof the Near Eas...

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