This two-volume work,
Latin-into-Hebrew: Texts and Studies sheds new light on an under-investigated phenomenon of European medieval intellectual history: the transmission of knowledge and texts from Latin into Hebrew between the twelfth and the fifteenth century. Because medieval Jewish philosophy and science in Christian Europe drew mostly on Hebrew translations from Arabic, the significance of the input from the Christian majority culture has been neglected.
Latin-into-Hebrew: Texts and Studies redresses the balance. It highlights the various phases of Latin-into-Hebrew translations and considers their disparity in time, place, and motivations. Special emphasis is put on the singular role of the translations of Latin medical and philosophical literature.
Volume One: Studies, offers 18 studies and
Volume Two: Texts in Contexts, includes editions and analyses of hitherto unpublished texts of medieval Latin-into-Hebrew translations. Both volumes are available separately or together as a set. This groundbreaking work is indispensable for any scholar interested in the history of medieval philosophic and scientific thought in Hebrew, Latin, and Arabic in relationship to the vicissitudes of Jewish-Christian relations.
Alexander Fidora is an ICREA-Research Professor in the Department of Ancient and Medieval Studies of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His recent publications include: Vincent Ferrer,
De unitate universalis – Ma’amar nikhbad ba-kolel, ed. with M. Zonta (Barcelona 2010); and
Domingo Gundisalvo y la teoría arábigo-aristotélica de la ciencia (Pamplona 2009).
Harvey Hames is Professor of Medieval History in the General History Department at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Among his publications:
Like Angels on Jacob’s Ladder: Abraham Abulafia, the Franciscans and Joachimism (New York 2007); and
Ha-Melacha ha-Ketzara. Ramon Llull’s ‘Ars brevis’ in Hebrew (Turnhout 2012).
Yossef Schwartz is Professor for medieval intellectual history at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. Among his publications:
Religious Apologetics – Philosophical Argumentation, ed. with V. Krech (Tübingen 2004); Hillel of Verona,
Über die Vollendung der Seele, trans. and ed. (Freiburg 2009).
"The indices in both volumes will assist researchers in an area where collaboration advances the investigation of a vast field. The editors are to be congratulated for this magnificent collection of studies and texts! -Lawrence E. Frizzell,
Seton Hall University, Sixteenth Century Journal XLVI/2 (2015)
Scholars interested in Jewish and Latin intellectual history; the history of philosophy, of science and of medicine in Hebrew, Latin and Arabic; in Jewish-Christian relationships in the Middle Ages.