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Zodiac Calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Their Reception: Ancient Astronomy and Astrology in Early Judaism (Helen R Jacobus) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2014) 9789004284050
Zodiac Calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Their Reception: Ancient Astronomy and Astrology in Early Judaism (Helen R Jacobus) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2014) 9789004284050
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Title: Zodiac Calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Their Reception: Ancient Astronomy and Astrology in Early Judaism

Author: Jacobus, Helen R

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2014

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004284050

Volumes: 1; Pages: 556

List Price in Cloth: $234.00 Our price: $198.99

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The ancient mathematical basis of the Aramaic calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls is analysed in this investigation. Helen R. Jacobus re-examines an Aramaic zodiac calendar with a thunder divination text (4Q318) and the calendar from the Aramaic Astronomical Book (4Q208 - 4Q209), all from Qumran. Jacobus demonstrates that 4Q318 is an ancestor of the Jewish calendar today and that it helps us to understand 4Q208 - 4Q209. She argues that these calendars were taught in antiquity as angelic knowledge described in 1 Enoch and the Book of Jubilees. The study also encompasses Babylonian, Hellenistic, Byzantine astronomy and astrology, and classical and Jewish writings. Finally, a medieval Hebrew zodiac calendar related to 4Q318 with an astrological text is published here for the first time.Table of ContentsList of TablesList of FiguresAbbreviations and NotesAcknowledgementsIntroductionChapter One: Towards a New Interpretation of 4QZodiac CalendarChapter Two: 4QBrontologion: Transmission, Origins and SignificanceChapter Three: The Aramaic Astronomical Book of Enoch Reconsidered in the Light of 4Q318Chapter Four: The 'Enoch Zodiac' and Greco-Roman Zodiac SundialsChapter Five: Zodiac Calendars in Hellenistic Texts and ArtefactsChapter Six: A Late Medieval Astrological Hebrew TextSummary and ConclusionBibliographyIndex
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