Abraham Ibn Ezra Latinus on Elections and Interrogations

A Parallel Latin-English Critical Edition of Liber Electionum, Liber Interrogationum, and Tractatus Particulares. Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Astrological Writings, Volume 7

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Editor: Shlomo Sela
As a result of Abraham Ibn Ezra’s increasing popularity after his death, there were repeated waves of translation of collections of his Hebrew astrological treatises into Latin and into the emerging European vernaculars. A study of these versions affords us a golden opportunity to shed light on a significant missing link in our knowledge of Ibn Ezra’s astrological oeuvre. The present volume offers the first critical edition, accompanied by an English translation, a commentary, and an introductory study, of three Latin texts on the astrological doctrines of elections and interrogations, written by or attributed to Abraham Ibn Ezra: the Liber electionum, the Liber interrogationum, and the Tractatus particulares.

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Shlomo Sela is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Jewish Thought at Bar-Ilan University. His research focuses on Jewish attitudes toward the sciences, with special interest in the history of astrology in the Middle Ages. With this volume he continues the publication of Abraham Ibn Ezra’s complete works on astrology.
Preface
Abbreviations

General Introduction
Contacts with Christian Scholars in the Twelfth Century
The Ibn Ezra Renaissance in the Latin West
Liber Electionum, Liber Interrogationum, and Tractatus Particulares

I Liber Electionum and Liber Interrogationum
Earlier Research on Liber Electionum and Liber Interrogationum
Authorship, Links with Ibn Ezra’s Work, and the Dates of Composition of Liber Electionum and Liber Interrogationum
Ibn Ezra’s Approach to Elections in Liber Electionum
Ibn Ezra’s Approach to Interrogations in Liber Interrogationum
The Organization and Contents of Liber Electionum and Liber Interrogationum
The Sources of Liber Electionum and Liber Interrogationum
Special Features of Liber Electionum and Liber Interrogationum
Linguistic Features of Liber Electionum and Liber Interrogationum

II Tractatus Particulares
Earlier Research on Tractatus Particulares
Manuscripts, General Features and Transmission of TpA and TpQ
Structure and General Features of TpA and TpQ according to Their Incipits and Explicits
Contents and Sources of TpA and TpQ
General Features of TpH

III Manuscripts and Editorial Principles
Manuscripts for the Critical Edition of Liber Electionum and Liber Interrogationum
Witnesses for the Critical Edition of Tractatus Particulares
Editorial and Translation Principles

Part One: Liber Electionum: Latin Text and English Translation

Part Two: Notes to Liber Electionum

Part Three: Liber Interrogationum: Latin Text and English Translation

Part Four: Notes to Liber Interrogationum

Part Five: Tractatus Particulares: Latin Text and English Translation

Part Six: Notes to Tractatus Particulares

Part Seven: Appendices
 1  The Debate about Elections
 2  The Debate about Interrogations
 3  Elections
 4  Interrogations
 5  Planets, Signs and Horoscopic Places
 6  The Modena Fragments of Mivḥarim III and Sheʾelot III
 7  Passages of Sheʾelot le-Māshāʾallāh in Tractatus Particulares
 8  A Section of Sheʾelot le-Talmai and Its Counterpart in Ptolemy’s Iudicia
 9  Significationes Planetarum in Domibus Ascribed to Gergis
 10  The Account of the Seven Planets in Mishpeṭei ha-Mazzalot
 11  Māshāʾallāh’s Book on Reading Thoughts
 12  The Section on Elections at the End of Nativitates
 13  Fragments of Epistola Argafalau ad Alexandrum
 14  English-Latin Glossary
 15  Latin-English Index to the English-Latin Glossary
 16  Authorities and Sources
 17  Literal Renderings in Liber Electionum of Hebraisms and Hebrew Words/Expressions Employed by Abraham Ibn Ezra
 18  Literal Renderings in Liber Interrogationum of Hebraisms and Hebrew Words/Expressions Employed by Abraham Ibn Ezra
 19  Indications of the Horoscopic Places in Liber Electionum, Mivḥarim I, Mivḥarim II, and Epitome
 20  Indications of the Horoscopic Places in Liber Interrogationum, Sheʾelot I, Sheʾelot II, and Epitome
 21  Index of Technical Terms and Biographical Notes

Bibliography
Index
Those interested in the history of science, especially astrology and astronomy, European and Jewish medieval history, Latin and Hebrew medieval literature, Jewish philosophy and biblical exegesis.