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The Beginning of Wisdom (Translation From Hebrew) Paperback – May 17, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Arhat Publications; 1 edition (May 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096622664X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966226645
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Warnock on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra wrote the Beginning of Wisdom in 1148 AD as a basic introduction to astrology. While Ibn Ezra was Jewish, this text is an excellent introduction to medieval Arabic astrology. The 12th and 13th centuries saw many Arabic texts, not just on astrology, brought to Europe and translated into Latin. Medieval and Renaissance European astrology was largely derived from sources in the Arabic world.
This edition translated is from the original Hebrew by Meira Epstein and edited by Robert Hand, one of the foremost traditional astrologers practicing today. It discusses the fixed stars and constellations, the signs, houses, aspects and provides an excellent basic introduction to traditional astrology. Epstein and Hand provide copious annotations which are both interesting and useful.
This version of the Beginning of Wisdom is superior to the earlier Levy-Cantera translation because it was done by actual astrologers whose practical knowledge of the subject is combined with extensive scholarship.
The Beginning of Wisdon is a helpful reference text for practicing traditional astrologers and a useful introduction to the subject for those starting their studies in this area.
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