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The Computus Iudaicus of 1342

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This chapter discusses the Hermann Zoest's Calendarium Hebraicum novum, which includes an anonymous Computus Judaicus that incorporated both verse and prose passages. With at least 59 extant copies, the textual tradition of the Computus Judaicus presents a formidable analytic and editorial challenge. The chapter summarizes a conjectural 'core' or 'original' version of the treatise. The introductory portion of the Computus Judaicus is rounded off with a section that deals with the difference between the 19-year lunisolar cycles as respectively counted by Jews and Christians. The chapter adds some remarks on the conversion between minutes and elochim, noting that one sexagesimal minute corresponds to 18 elochim. Although the Computus Judaicus had little time for the intricacies of the Jewish calendar and remained silent on most of its aspects other than the computation of the molad.

Keywords: Christians; Computus Judaicus; Jewish calendar; Jews; textual tradition



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