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.
Shlomo Sela is a lecturer 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.
"In preparing these editions, translations, annotations, and appendices, Sela sheds great light on the intellectual energy expended on astrology by one of Jewry’s greatest poets and one of Jewry’s most brilliant biblical exegetes, whose commentaries have abiding value...the book is highly recommended for students and scholars..." -Mayer Gruber,
Ben-Gurion Unversity, RRJ 19,1 (2016)
Table of contents
Part One: Book of Nativities: Hebrew Text and English Translation
Part Two: Notes to the Book of Nativities
Part Three: Book of Revolution: Hebrew Text and English Translation
Part Four: Notes to the Book of Revolution
Part Five: Appendices
2. Early-Hebrew Work on Horoscopic Astrology, Nativities and Continuous Horoscopy
3. The Native’s Religious Belief
4. Rectification of the Nativity
5. The Five Places of Life – the Haylaj and the Kadhkhudh
6. Scales of Power
7. The Age of Weaning
8. Lords of the Triplicities
9. Places of Death
10. Melothesia and The Pains of the Planets in the Zodiacal Signs
11. Ptolemy’s Ages of Man
12. Continuous Horoscopy
13. Authorities and Sources (Sefer ha-Moladot)
14. Authorities and Sources (Sefer ha-Tequfah)
English-Hebrew Glossary (Sefer ha-Moladot)
English-Hebrew Glossary (Sefer ha-Tequfah)
Hebrew-English Index to the English-Hebrew Glossaries
Index of Astrological Terms
Those interested in the history of science in general and medieval history of science in particular, history of astrology and astronomy among Jews in the medieval period, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy and biblical exegesis.