Meshal Haqadmoni Fables from the Distant Past: A Parallel Hebrew-English Text by Isaac Ibn SahulaMeshal Haqadmoni Fables from the Distant Past: A Parallel Hebrew-English Text by Isaac Ibn Sahula

Meshal Haqadmoni Fables from the Distant Past: A Parallel Hebrew-English Text

byIsaac Ibn Sahula

Hardcover | February 15, 2004

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The wondrous fables of Ibn Sahula in Meshal haqadmoni, presented here in English for the first time, provide a most unusual introduction to the intellectual and social universe of the Sephardi Jewish world of thirteenth-century Spain. Ibn Sahula wrote his fables in rhymed prose, here renderedinto English as rhymed couplets. They comprise a series of satirical debates between a cynic and a moralist, put into the mouths of animals; the moralist always triumphs. The debates, which touch on such subjects as time, the soul, the physical sciences and medicine, astronomy, and astrology, amplyreflect human foibles, political compromise, and court intrigue. They are suffused throughout with traditional Jewish law and lore, a flavour reinforced by the profusion of biblical quotations reapplied. With parallel Hebrew and English texts, explanatory notes, indication of textual variants, andreferences for all the biblical and other allusions, this edition has much to offer to scholars in many areas: medieval Hebrew literature, medieval intellectual history, Sephardi studies, and the literature and folklore of Spain.Both the translation and the scholarly annotations reflect Raphael Loewe's deep understanding of Ibn Sahula's world, including the interrelationship of Hebrew, Greek, and Arabic speculative thought and the interplay between those languages. Scholars will profit enormously from the textualannotations, and specialist and non-specialist alike will benefit from the masterly introduction. Two full series of illustrations are reproduced alongside the text: the woodcuts from the second edition (Venice, c.1547), and the splendid vignettes in the Rothschild Miscellany, a fifteenth-centuryItalian mansucript in the Israel Museum.
Raphael Loewe was Goldsmid Professor of Hebrew at University College London and Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.
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Title:Meshal Haqadmoni Fables from the Distant Past: A Parallel Hebrew-English TextFormat:HardcoverDimensions:948 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1874774560

ISBN - 13:9781874774563

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