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The Book of Māshā’allāh on Eclipses

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This chapter offers the first critical edition of the Hebrew translation of Māshā Allāh's Book on Eclipses, and to reconsider the opinion that Ibn Ezra was the translator. Māshā Allāh divides the conjunctions into "great," "middle," and "small," meaning respectively the conjunctions of Saturn-Jupiter, Saturn-Mars, and Jupiter-Mars, rather than the three classical types of Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions. Moritz Steinschneider (1816-1907), in a brief note, was the first to tentatively attribute the Hebrew translation of MMāshā Allāh's Book on Eclipses to Ibn Ezra, arguing that the translation (along with that of Māshā Allāh's Book of Interrogations) can be found together with Ibn Ezra's other astrological works.

Keywords: eclipses; Ibn Ezra; Māshā Allāh; Moritz Steinschneider



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