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Abraham Ibn Ezra on Nativities and Continuous Horoscopy

A Parallel Hebrew-English Critical Edition of the Book of Nativities and the Book of Revolution. Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Astrological Writings, Volume 4


Shlomo Sela

The present volume offers the first critical edition, accompanied with English translation and commentary, of Sefer ha-Moladot, which addresses the doctrine of nativities and the system of continuous horoscopy in nativities, and of Sefer ha-Tequfah, which is devoted exclusively to continuous horoscopy in nativities. The doctrine of nativities makes predictions about the whole of an individual’s subsequent life on the basis of the natal chart, and the system of continuous horoscopy in nativities is concerned with the interval between life and death and makes predictions based mainly on anniversary horoscopes, which are juxtaposed with the natal horoscope. To Abraham Ibn Ezra’s mind, not only are these two doctrines the core of astrology; they also epitomize the praxis of the astrological métier.

“Sela...has provided explanatory appendices and very interesting notes about Jewish attitudes toward the sciences and astrology in the middle ages.” Reference & Research Book News, 2013.

Shem Miller

pesher takes no account of the original setting.” 59 Foley, “Traditional History,” 355-56. 60 Berrin, Pesher Nahum , 215-17. Although I agree on the whole with Berrin’s argument that the pesharim were revised in response to delayed fulfillment of eschatological predictions, I do not hold that

Ari Finkelstein

similarity in both of these scenes. If we apply Josephus’ statement in Antiquities (1.14) that people who follow God’s laws prosper and those that fail to follow his laws are punished, Samaias’ prediction functions similarly to God’s divine wrath and foreshadows the fall of Judea to Rome. By introducing a

Andreas Blasius

. Bickermann Summary This article deals with the enigmatic prediction and explanation in Dan 7:8, 20 and 24 concerning the three out of ten horns of the fourth beast that were “uprooted” in front of the eleventh, little horn widely identi fi ed with Antiochus IV. Analysing the verses from a historical point of

Alon Goshen Gottstein

historical review or summary of the life of the deceased3), the naming of a leader's successor 4), the blessing of descendants and heirs5), and prediction of the future 6). In the apocrypha these elements of biblical testaments are developed into a formal literary genre'). Various testaments are attributed

Samuel Tobias Lachs

theology. Another was how to treat its non-legal elements. These passages served several purposes for the Church. One was that they were useful as predictions announcing the advent of the messiah in the person of Jesus. Another was to understand the prophetic chap- ters as directed to mankind as a whole


general way: if you do this ... than you will receive that (comp. T.L. 13, 5-6), a well-known form element in Wisdom literature. The predictions can also be more specific, e.g. in the so-called Sin-Exile-Return passages and the Levi-Judah passages. Particularly the S.E.R.-passages make clear that the

Günter Stemberger

b), studies a sequence of stories in which the prediction of an astrologer does not come true because of the merits of the person concerned. This text, the classical statement of the Babylonian Talmud regarding astrology, combines three stories, one of them received from tradition, the other two

Beate Kowalski

, a namesake of the prophet in 2nd cen- tury B.C.E. and living in Egypt (53-59). J. Tromp explores Ezek 37:1-14 and the eschatological resurrection in Greco-Roman Judaism, 2nd century Christian- ity Gustin, Irenaeus), and Qumran (61-78). Ezekiel became a prediction of the resurrection. The following

Anthony J. Saldarini

the tradition. ARNB generally agrees with ARNA, but has two major characteristics in common with Lam. Rab. and Gittin: the hostility of the gatekeepers and the prediction that Vespasian will be emperor preceding Vespasian's grant of Jamnia to Johanan. NEUSNER suggests that ARNB, which contains