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Medieval Sciences and Philosophy in Hebrew: The "Wars of the Lord" by Levi ben Gershom (1288-1344)

Titel Englisch Medieval Sciences and Philosophy in Hebrew: The "Wars of the Lord" by Levi ben Gershom (1288-1344)
Gesuchsteller/in Freudenthal Gad
Nummer 137751
Förderungsinstrument Projektförderung (Abt. I-III)
Forschungseinrichtung Département de Philosophie Faculté des Lettres Université de Genève
Hochschule Universität Genf - GE
Hauptdisziplin Philosophie
Beginn/Ende 01.11.2011 - 28.02.2015
Bewilligter Betrag 272'727.00
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Philosophie
Religionswissenschaften, Theologie

Keywords (5)

Gersonides; Medieval Jewish philosophy; Medieval philosophy; Hebrew; Medieval science

Lay Summary (Englisch)

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Lay summary

One of the towering figures of the Hebrew Jewish culture that flourished in southern France between the 12th and the 15th centuries was Levi ben Gershom, known as Gersonides (1288-1344). His oeuvre is multifarious and includes works, all highly original, in mathematics, logic, astronomy, physical science, metaphysics and theology, as well as biblical exegesis. The present research project concentrates on Gersonides’ major philosophical-scientific work, Milhamot ha-Shem or The Wars of the Lord. Our primary aim is to produce the first scientific edition of the Hebrew text; concomitantly, the text and Gersonides’ thought will more generally be the object of intensive study.


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Publikationen

Publikation
Gersonides' Milhamot ha-Shem: Toward a Critical Edition (in Hebrew)
, Gersonides' Milhamot ha-Shem: Toward a Critical Edition (in Hebrew), in Alei sefer, not yet known.
Gersonides' Philosophy in Fifteenth-Century Byzantium: Shabbetai ben Malkiel ha-Kohen's Defense of Averroes' Theory of Material Intellect
, Gersonides' Philosophy in Fifteenth-Century Byzantium: Shabbetai ben Malkiel ha-Kohen's Defense of Averroes' Theory of Material Intellect, ??-??.
Rabbi Abraham Nager and Ludwig Philippson: THE Revisor and Sponsor of the Leipzig Edition of Gersonides's Milhamot ha-Shem (1866): Hebrew Scholarship Between Wissenschaft des Judentums and Orientalist
, Rabbi Abraham Nager and Ludwig Philippson: THE Revisor and Sponsor of the Leipzig Edition of Gersonides's Milhamot ha-Shem (1866): Hebrew Scholarship Between Wissenschaft des Judentums and Orientalist, ??-??.

Wissenschaftliche Veranstaltungen



Selber organisiert

Titel Datum Ort
"Gersonides Through the Ages" 17.02.2014 Geneva, Schweiz

Verbundene Projekte

Nummer Titel Start Förderungsinstrument
150299 “Everyone contested his views, no one denied his importance” - Gersonides through the Ages 01.02.2014 Wissenschaftliche Tagungen

Abstract

One of the towering figures of the Hebrew Jewish culture that flourished in southern France between the 12th and the 15th centuries was Levi ben Gershom, known as Gersonides (1288-1344). His oeuvre is multifarious and includes works, all highly original, in mathematics, logic, astronomy, physical science, metaphysics and theology, as well as biblical exegesis. The present research project concentrates on Gersonides’ major philosophical-scientific work, *Milhamot ha-Shem* or *The Wars of the Lord*. Our primary aim is to produce the first scientific edition of the Hebrew text.*Milhamot ha-Shem* is available today in two editions - one dating from 1560, the second, based on it, from 1866. Both are inadequate and hamper access to one of the most original philosophical work composed in Hebrew before the end of the 15th century. We intend to produce an entirely new edition, based on the extant manuscripts of the work, and satisfying the most demanding methodological standards of modern scholarship. The task is manageable: the number of full (or nearly full) manuscripts is not great (12) and the variations between them are not significant. Consequently, a judicious choice of the manuscripts will make it possible to base the edition on 3 or 4 main manuscripts only, without reducing the scientific quality of the outcome.The edited text will be accompanied by notes that will elucidate the terminology, trace Gersonides’ references to thinkers on whom he draws (Greek, Muslim, Jewish), and provide references to Gersonides’ other works (printed and in manuscript). Further, in line with recent tendencies in scholarship, the work’s manuscripts themselves, qua artifacts, will be scrutinized in view of shedding light on questions such as: in what intellectual and social contexts was the work transmitted? By whom and when was it studied? Were marginalia added, and what do they allow us to learn of the work’s reception? The manuscripts will thus be used as additional evidence, contributing to the study of the place of the *Wars* in intellectual history. The grant for which this application is presented will allow to recruit for 36 months a post-doc who is conversant in medieval Jewish philosophy and who has much experience with the study of medieval Hebrew manuscripts, with the preparation of critical editions, and with the exploitation of manuscripts as sources for intellectual history. We intend to create a Scientific Advisory Board that will accompany and counsel the project. We also countenance the possibility to organize workshops on Gersonides that would be held in parallel to the preparation of the edition. The research here proposed will enhance the study of medieval philosophy, specifically its Hebrew “branch,” in Switzerland. The topic was carefully chosen taking into consideration of the fact that very few Hebrew books are found in Swiss libraries.
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