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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book Medieval Latin Christian Texts on the Jewish Calendar: A Study with Five Editions and Translations, which covers pertinent aspects such as date, authorship, technical content, textual history, and manuscript transmission. The book discusses 'The Jewish calendar: history and structure', 'The Easter computus and the challenge of calendar reform', and 'The Christian encounter with the Jewish calendar: Antiquity to twelfth century'. It explains the purpose behind various parts, analyse chronological arguments, identify sources, and address historical contexts. A slight exception was made for Hermann Zoest's Calendarium Hebraicum novum, where a separate chronological commentary was deemed necessary in order to shed light on the individual dates that adorn the pages of this biblical calendar.

Keywords: Bible; Hebrew; Jewish calendar; Judaism; Latin



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