Abstract

It is argued that Berechiah ben Naṭronai ha-Naqdan moved from northern France to Provence during the 1160s, where he was connected to the circle of Meshullam ben Jacob of Lunel and wrote some of his works. It is likely that Berechiah later returned to the north and composed his last works there. Berechiah wrote Dodi ve-neḵdi, a Hebrew paraphrase of Adelard of Bath’s Questiones naturales, in northern France before his sojourn in Provence. A comparison of the Hebrew text with the Latin original shows that Berechiah’s main goal was the transfer of scientific knowledge, not a precise rendering of Adelard’s text.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1565-5423
Print ISSN
1565-1525
Pages
pp. 9-75
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-13
Open Access
No
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