By Shlomo Sela

The current quantity bargains a severe Hebrew textual content of the 2 models of Ibn Ezras Sefer ha-Te'amim, the e-book of purposes, followed through an annotated translation and statement. the 2 treatises awarded the following have been designed via Ibn Ezra to provide purposes, factors, or meanings of the uncooked astrological ideas formulated within the advent to astrology that Ibn Ezra entitled Reshit Hokhmah (Beginning of Wisdom).

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4) They concluded that Saturn is masculine and one of the diurnal stars, because its nature is tempered in the heat of the day, and that Mars is the opposite; they therefore concluded that it is feminine and one of the nocturnal stars. (5) Mercury is mutable because of its many motions; they therefore said that sometimes it is masculine and sometimes feminine. (6) The reason for the alteration of Mercury’s nature is its distance from the Sun and in accordance with the distance from the Earth. [3] §2 1 (1) Second chapter.

They divided each degree into 60 minutes and each minute into sixty seconds, and similarly down to the tenths. [1] (2) The truth is that the parts occupied by each sign ought to be equal, although there is one image that is very big, the image of Leo, which occupies around 40 degrees from its beginning until its end, whereas the image of Aries occupies about 7 degrees and no more than that. [7] (4) As for what they said, namely, that the number of the stars is one thousand and twentytwo, this refers to those that are visible to the eye.

A paper manuscript written in a Sephardi hand in the fourteenth or fifteenth century. It contains the following astrological works by Ibn Ezra: Reshit Hokhmah I, ff. 3b–34a; Te . #amim I, ff. 34b–46a; Sefer ha-Moladot, ff. 46b–61b; first version of Sefer ha-She"elot, ff. 62b–70b; Sefer ha-Me"orot, ff. 70b–74a; first version of Sefer ha-Mivh. arim, ff. 74b–79b; first version of Sefer ha- #Olam, ff. 80a–86a. è Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, ebr. 47 (IMHM: F 00686), ff. 25a–34b. This manuscript, written in Sephardi script in the fourteenth or fifteenth century, displays some peculiarities, such as the consistent use of áúåë (= writer) instead of áëåë (= star) to denote Mercury and of éúáù instead of éàúáù for Saturn.

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