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The Jewish Alchemists: A History and Source Book (review)

The Jewish Alchemists: A History and Source Book (review) Book Reviews healthy scent. We are happy to have read and to have spoken about it. The scent of reason is precious. Too often it has been denied us. William K1uback Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, New York The Jewish Alchemists: A History and Source Book, by R., PataL Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994. 617 pp. $35.00. This is truly a groundbreaking work of panoramic scope. It is the first comprehensive study ofJewish alchemy ever undertaken. By documenting the widespread involvement in alchemy of Jewish savants throughout the ages, Patai offers an important contribution to the history of science. His extensive research also brings to light a fascinating aspect of Jewish intellectual history that has been hitherto ignored. 1beJewish Alchemists is arranged chronologically and divided into ten parts, consisting of forty chapters. Each section is informatively introduced and annotated. The book presents legendary. and historical accounts of Jews engaged in alchemy, together with substantial selections from alchemical manuals that were either composed by Jews or translated into Hebrew. In addition to Hebrew texts, Patai also offers examples from Judea-Arabic and Ladino. He was unable to uncover any alchemical texts written in Yiddish, nor did he systematically study works http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

The Jewish Alchemists: A History and Source Book (review)

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Book Reviews healthy scent. We are happy to have read and to have spoken about it. The scent of reason is precious. Too often it has been denied us. William K1uback Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, New York The Jewish Alchemists: A History and Source Book, by R., PataL Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994. 617 pp. $35.00. This is truly a groundbreaking work of panoramic scope. It is the first comprehensive study ofJewish alchemy ever undertaken. By documenting the widespread involvement in alchemy of Jewish savants throughout the ages, Patai offers an important contribution to the history of science. His extensive research also brings to light a fascinating aspect of Jewish intellectual history that has been hitherto ignored. 1beJewish Alchemists is arranged chronologically and divided into ten parts, consisting of forty chapters. Each section is informatively introduced and annotated. The book presents legendary. and historical accounts of Jews engaged in alchemy, together with substantial selections from alchemical manuals that were either composed by Jews or translated into Hebrew. In addition to Hebrew texts, Patai also offers examples from Judea-Arabic and Ladino. He was unable to uncover any alchemical texts written in Yiddish, nor did he systematically study works

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1996

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