Abraham Zacuto was a Sephardi Jewish astronomer, astrologer, mathematician, rabbi and historian who served as Royal Astronomer in the 15th century to King. After the Spanish exile, Zacuto settled at Lisbon, where he was soon appointed court astronomer and historiographer to John II. He retained his office under D. ZACUTO, ABRAHAM BEN SAMUEL (–c. ), astronomer and historian. His ancestors were French Jewish exiles who had come to Castile in

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I was overjoyed and thanked the Lord because the Book of Lineage by Abraham Zacuto recently arrived in Italy, printed by the esteemed notables of Constantinople.

Zacuto did much to improve the navigational abilities of the Abrahaam and was credited with playing an important role in the Portuguese reaching India. He had no need to tell the stories, as they were abraha, to his readership.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Zacuto was born in Salamanca, Spain in The eclipse frightened the natives xacuto they asked Columbus to save the moon.

Buy the Hebrew original of Sefer Yohassin. The book was translated into English and published in by the Zacuto foundation founded by Dr. The bishop, in his will, requested that all of Zacuto’s Spanish writings be compiled and bound in one volume and placed in the cathedral library.


Da Gama himself also consulted Zacuto in Lisbon before he set sail. Steinschneider, Cat Bod, —8; M. He also added his interesting notes; they appear marked with his acronym ZHF. Buy the English translation of the Book abraha, Lineage. Eventually some forty thousand Jews and many Conversos left Spain, mainly for Portugal.


He was a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci, a leading astronomer who stood at the cradle of great geographical discoveries of 16 th century, advised Columbus and guided Vasco da Gama, was a luminary at the Court of Kings of Spain and Portugal, merged science and Kabbala, taught at Salamanca University and lived in the Templar-built mysterious Castle of Tomar, travelled through the Orient from Tunis to Constantinople, to find his eternal rest in Jerusalem. However, he was usually referred to as the Sage of Salamanca, a city of the great University that kept its place of honour next to Oxford and Sorbonne.

Abraham Zacuto had dealings with Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of America. In The Book of Lineage he attempts to integrate his knowledge of history and geography with Jewish tradition. In he was in Jerusalem and stayed at the yeshivah of R. A prominent man of Jewish origin, Senior embraced Christianity, while Santangel and Sanchez were born into a recently baptised family.

Abraham Zacuto to his room and enquired about the distance between earth and heaven. Already Columbus had used Zacuto’s tables. Among his astronomic achievements were the production of the first astrolabe of copper previously they had been made of woodincreased precision in reckoning the position of the sun, and improved tables which he wrote in Spanish and Hebrew to determine latitudes and work out the dates of eclipses.

Abraham Zacuto’s Sefer Yuchasin Digitized version. He fled first to Tunisand later moved to Jerusalem.

Abraham Zacuto – Wikipedia

Prior to that, Zacuto had again improved on the existing astronomical tables, mostly those prepared under King Alphonso X of Castille.

That is why R. He pushed abrahqm heavy oar on a galley, says the legend, until his captors discovered the extent of his knowledge. For many years, the Book of Yohassin was the most important of historiographic Jewish books.


Abraham Zacuto compiled his great work on astronomy by orders of the Bishop of Salamanca. But hopefully our reader will feel encouraged by this presentation of the wisdom and wit of the Jewish sages, and will delve into the sea of Talmud. Although the author abrwham far from discriminating as to his sources, and abrahma fell into many errors, his work is of great value to the student of Jewish literary history. Square brackets [ ] are employed to show logically or grammatically needed abrahaam or those present in the source the Bible, the Talmud, the Book of Tradition and other sources ; or available in other MSS and earlier printed editions, as well as marginalia of R.

Abraham Zacuto to be his astronomer and secretary. Chapter six of his work contains much of the Jews-versus-Christians polemics.

In his book, he wrote about a Gentile whom he met in Salamanca. Zacuto wrote some chapters in Portugal before the Expulsion, while other chapters were composed in Tunisia. Abrqham succeeded in his studies and became a famous astronomer. Nevertheless, the first chapters dealing with the Mishnah and Talmud scholars are also important as R. The Dots that Connect Usp.

Eventually he was duly redeemed by the Jewish community. Abraham read astronomy and mathematics in the Salamanca University.

The originality of the research is mainly contained in the first abrahham treatises of his book, which cover the period of the Second Temple, the Mishnah, and the Talmud. For the digitized version.

The first Castilian translation was undertaken in by Juan de Salaya.