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Donnolo's linguistic range comprised Hebrew and Aramaic, Greek and Latin as well as Italian vernacular, but probably not Arabic, which appears no more than four times throughout his body of works . The main source of Donnolo's astronomical and astrological knowledge is Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos, one of the most influential texts of late antiquity. As he explicitly states in the introductory section to SH, Donnolo considered the Barayta di-Shemue&t;el to be a repository of Israel's lost knowledge of the celestial bodies, and thus the last witness of an indigenous Hebrew astrological tradition. The possibility that Donnolo's knowledge of Patristic exegesis was not limited to the works attributed to Gregory but entailed also some knowledge of other Christian theological works was suggested by Sermoneta in relation to the notion of teshuvah-repentance-which Donnolo employs in order to mitigate the rigid predeterminism of the Neoplatonic scheme.

Keywords: Aramaic; Donnolo; Gregory; Hebrew



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