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By Seth L. Sanders,Jonathan Ben-Dov

Until very lately, the assumption of historic 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 genuine medical subject matters could
be present in past Judaism. This paintings issues them out in detail,
and posits a brand new box of analysis: the medical 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 means of the heritage of technological know-how, and will have fascinating outcomes for it. The participants assessment those texts with regards to astronomy, astrology and
physiognomy, marking the 1st complete try to account
for medical issues in moment Temple Judaism. They investigate
the which means and goal of medical explorations in an apocalyptic surroundings. An appreciation of those themes 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 old context
of the close to jap and Hellenistic worlds. whereas the Jewish texts
were now not at the leading edge of medical discovery, they locate a
meaningful position within the background of technological know-how, among Babylonia and
Egypt, within the period of time among Hipparchus and Ptolemy. The
book makes use of fresh advances in approach to learn the contacts and
networks of Jewish students of their historical surroundings. moment, the
essays the following take on the not easy suggestion of a countrywide scientific
tradition. even though technology is these days usually conceived as common, the historiography of historical Jewish sciences demonstrates
the significance of seeing the improvement of technology in a local
context. The booklet explores the strain among the hegemony of
central medical traditions and native clinical organizations, exhibiting the relevance of historical info to modern postcolonial
historiography of technology. ultimately, philosophical questions of the
demarcation of technology are addressed in a fashion that could advance
the dialogue of similar historical materials.

 

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

 

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