A dual and contradictory trend can be observed regarding the dividing lines between astronomy and astrology in antiquity and in the Middle Ages. On the one hand, there was a tendency to draw a clear-cut distinction between astronomy and astrology and grant astronomy clear epistemological superiority over astrology. On the other hand, it was almost commonplace to refer to the close collaboration between astronomy and astrology. The fact that some prominent scientists combined astronomy and astrology in their works highlights the interdependency between them. Some insights into the borders between astrology and astronomy are provided by exploring the work and thought of a group of three Jewish intellectuals active in the twelfth century: Abraham Bar Ḥiyya, Abraham Ibn Ezra, and Maimonides.
Aleph explores the interface between Judaism and science and studies the interactions between science and Judaism throughout history. Aleph features full-length articles, brief communications, and notes on recently published books, as well as studies on related subjects that allow a comparative view, such as the place of science in other cultures. Aleph is a joint publication of the Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine and the Institute for Jewish Studies, both at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Indiana University Press.
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