New Heavens and a New Earth: The Jewish Reception of Copernican Thought

Hardcover | June 12, 2013

byJeremy Brown

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Jeremy Brown offers the first major study of the Jewish reception of the Copernican revolution, examining four hundred years of Jewish writings on the Copernican model. Brown shows the ways in which Jews ignored, rejected, or accepted the Copernican model, and the theological and societalunderpinnings of their choices. Throughout New Heavens and a New Earth are deft historical studies of such colorful figures as Joseph Delmedigo, the first Jewish Copernican and a student of Galileo's; Tuviah Cohen, who called Copernicus the "Son of Satan;" Zelig Slonimski, author of a famed collection of essays on Halley's Cometand other astronomical phenomena; and the modern neo-goecentrists who use Einstein's Theory of Relativity to argue that the Earth does not actually revolve around the sun. Brown also provides insightful comparisons of concurrent Jewish and Christian writings on Copernicus, demonstrating that theJewish reception of Copernicus was largely dependent on local factors and response.The book concludes by noting the important lessons that may be learned from the history of the Jewish reception of Copernican thought and showing how religions make room for new scientific descriptions of reality while upholding most cherished beliefs.

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Jeremy Brown offers the first major study of the Jewish reception of the Copernican revolution, examining four hundred years of Jewish writings on the Copernican model. Brown shows the ways in which Jews ignored, rejected, or accepted the Copernican model, and the theological and societalunderpinnings of their choices. Throughout New ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Nicolas Copernicus and His Revolution2. The Talmudic View of the Universe3. David Gans and the First Mention of Copernicus in Hebrew Literature4. The First Jewish Copernican: Rabbi Joseph Solomon Delmedigo5. ''Copernicus Is the Son of Satan.'' The First Jewish Rejections of Copernicus6. David Nieto and Copernicanism in London7. The Jewish Encyclopedias8. The Eighteenth Century. Jews and Copernicus in the Newtonian Era9. ''I Have Written a Book For the Young People.'' David Friesenhausen's Mosdot Tevel10. The Nineteenth Century: Copernicus Without Hesitation11. ''Let Copernicus and a Thousand Like Him Be Removed From the World.'' Reuven Landau's Rejection12. The Modern Period13. Relativity and Contemporary Jewish Geocentrists14. ConclusionsAppendixBibliography