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Part Two: Notes to the Book of Nativities

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This chapter presents notes to the book of nativities. The book of Nativities is the complete extant version of Sefer ha-Moladot. Abraham Ibn Ezra's Sefer ha-Moladot is the first Hebrew work devoted entirely to a systematic presentation of the rules and techniques of the doctrine of nativities in the framework of horoscopic astrology as previously developed in Greco-Arabic astrology. Nativities are the main topic of the second passage from Judah b. Barzillai's commentary on Sefer Yeṣirah. No Hebrew texts on continuous horoscopy in nativities were written between Classical Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. There were occasional brief references to various aspects of the doctrine of nativities from Antiquity until the twelfth century, Hebrew continuous horoscopy in nativities emerges from its first steps in the first half of the twelfth century in the full-fledged form of highly specialized and self-contained works.

Keywords: Abraham Ibn Ezra; book of nativities; Greco-Arabic astrology; Hebrew texts; Sefer ha-Moladot



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