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Lunar Theory And The Composition Of Ab

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Since the publication of Qumran and Apocalyptic, the study of the Book of Astronomy (AB) has made considerable progress. This chapter clarifies some prerequisites regarding AB?s textual nature. It then proceeds to a detailed study of the way the astronomical knowledge was formulated and designed in the various versions. The chapter focuses not only on the Aramaic Expanded Model of Lunar Visibility (EMLV) but also on the way it was reworked. Specific attention is paid to the passages on lunar theory, where much of the work of redactors, translators, and copyists took place. The distinct pericopae of lunar theory in AB are delimited and discussed. Two passages in the Geez AB - 75:1?3 and 82:4b?8 - mention the role of the stars. Although not particularly instructive as scientific literature, these two units are crucial for the understanding of the composition of AB.

Keywords: Aramaic Expanded Model of Lunar Visibility (EMLV); astronomical knowledge; Book of Astronomy (AB); lunar theory; stars



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