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Ancient Jewish sciences and the history of knowledge in Second Temple literature

Author: Jonathan Ben-Dov; Seth L Sanders
Publisher: New York, NY : New York University Press : Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2014.
Series: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Until very recently, the idea of ancient Jewish sciences would have been considered unacceptable. Since the 1990's, Early Modern and Medieval Science in Jewish sources has been actively studied, but the consensus was that no real scientific themes could be found in earlier Judaism. This work points them out in detail, and posits a new field of research: the scientific activity evident in the Dead Sea Scrolls and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Ben-Dov; Seth L Sanders
ISBN: 9781479823048 147982304X 9781479873975 1479873977 9781479863983 147986398X
OCLC Number: 825046310
Language Note: Text in English and Hebrew.
Description: 275 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introsuction / Jonathan Ben-Dov and Seth L. Sanders --
Enoch and the Beginnings of Jewish interest in natural science / Phillip Alexander --
Enoch's science / James VanderKam --
"I was shown another calculation": the language of knowledge in Aramaic Enoch and priestly Hebrew / Seth L. Sanders --
Philological and Epistemological remarks on Enoch's Science: response to papers buy Seth L. Sanders and James VanderKam / Loren Stuckenbruck --
Ideals of science: the infrastructure of scientific activity in apocalyptic literature and in the Yahad / Jonathan Ben-Dov --
Networks of scholars: the transmission of astronomical and astrological learning between Babylonians, Greeks, and Jews / Mladen Popović --
"Ancient Jewish sciences" and the historiography of Judaism / Annette Yoshiko Reed.
Series Title: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Responsibility: editors Jonathan Ben-Dov and Seth Sanders.

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Explores the tension between the hegemony of central scientific traditions and local scientific enterprises, showing the relevance of ancient data to contemporary postcolonial historiography of  Read more...

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"It will open doors to new areas of importance for the study of ancient Judaism and its culture as well as for the study of ancient sciences."-Professor Francesca Rochberg,UC Berkeley

 
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