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Jewish Thought and the Scientific Revolution of the Sixteenth Century: David Gans (1541-1613) and His Times [Hardcover]

Andre Neher , David Maisel


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March 19 1987 0197100570 978-0197100578
This is the first comprehensive study of David Gans of Renaissance Prague, the little studied pioneer of Jewish historiography and astronomy. The book describes Gans' outstanding work in geography and history and his attempt to reconcile the system of Copernicus with his own role as an assistant to Tycho Brahe. This biography not only sets Gans in his Jewish intellectual and religious context but it also links him to the great spiritual revolutions of the 16th century.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr (Txt) (March 19 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0197100570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0197100578
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.7 x 22.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 594 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars a most thorough approach to this Jewish Renaissance writer June 25 2012
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David GANZ WROTE "Tzemach Dovid", a history of the world from a Jewish biblical, Talmudic, Gaonic & Middle Ages perspective.
He was essentially the first mainstream rabbinic writer to focus on history and astronomy rather than Jewish law or theology. The author's translation (from the French) is very readable, the photos obviate the need for a trip to Prague, and the explication of the milieu during which R' Ganz wrote makes the era understandable. After all, R' Ganz was a close student/disciple of the Maharal and of the Remah, whose influences redound today into Orthodox Jewish daily practice.
The more we know of that era and its thinkers, the greater the chance we can optimize our knowledge & practice in our times.

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