Avicenna in Medieval Hebrew Translation

Ṭodros Ṭodrosi’s Translation of Kitāb al-Najāt, on Psychology and Metaphysics

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In this volume, Gabriella Elgrably-Berzin offers an analysis of the fourteenth-century Hebrew translation of a major eleventh-century philosophical text: Avicenna’s Kitāb al-Najāt (The Book of Salvation), focusing on the psychology treatise on physics. The translator of this work was Ṭodros Ṭodrosi, the main Hebrew translator of Avicenna’s philosophical writings. This study includes a critical edition of Ṭodrosi’s translation, based on two manuscripts as compared to the Arabic edition (Cairo, 1938), and an appendix featuring the section on metaphysics. By analyzing Ṭodrosi’s language and terminology and making his Hebrew translation available for the first time, Berzin’s study will help enable scholars to trace the borrowings from Todrosi’s translations in Jewish sources, shedding light on the transmission and impact of Avicenna’s philosophy.

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Biographical Note
Gabriella Berzin, Ph.D. (2010), Harvard University, is a lecturer in Jewish philosophy at the IDC, Herzliya. She has written on Maimonides, Crescas, and the “Hebrew Avicenna,” and served as a text editor of Anthology of the Writings of Avicenna (in Hebrew).
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"By analyzing Todrosi’s language and terminology and making his Hebrew translation available for the first time, Berzin’s study will enable scholars to trace the borrowings from Todrosi’s translations in Jewish sources, shedding light on the transmission process, translation theory and praxis, and the impact of Avicenna’s philosophy on Jewish medieval scientist/philosophers. Recommended for all academic libraries with Jewish studies collections and upper level graduates."
David B. Levy in AJL Reviews 5, 4 (2015).
Readership
Anyone interested in Avicenna’s philosophy and its transmission into Jewish intellectual history, and all concerned with medieval Hebrew terminology and the Hebrew translation movement of the twelfth through fourteenth centuries.
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