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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A copy of the tables, with Columbus’ notes, is preserved in Seville. Zacuto wrote about his deserved success: It became true, as we know. Modern Language Association http: There are notes by scholars Dov Goldberg, Thomas Glick and others. This is the first historical chronicle covering the entire history of mankind from the Jewish perspective, integrating the records of Jewish chronographers.

Hello guest Login Registration. The following chapters were written hastily after the Expulsion and the author had no time to arrange them properly and left it as an uncompleted compilation of various and contradictory sources.

Abraham Zacutoprobably of the first Jewish sages who embraced modernity while keeping the unbroken chain of tradition from Abraham to the Talmud scholars to Moses Maimonides.

In a year’s time the king raised the roof of the room by one and a half cubit and asked R. Buy the English translation of the Book of Lineage. Zacuto played a major role in preparing Vasco da Gama for his historic voyage to India. His ten sons are mentioned whenever a tractate is completed in a celebratory prayer called Hadran. In he was in Jerusalem, where he wrote an zacito in Hebrew and in he was in Damascus.

His father told him, he heard it is good for memory to invoke their names seven times, as we mention Elijah [the Prophet] OBM following the end of Shabbath. An Arabic translation of the Almanach is extant in Abrahamm Ms. Seven months later his master died and R. Because each style has its own zacuyo nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.

He was the source of R. Zacuto fled from Portugal without converting after the mass baptism that took place in Lisbon in Zacuto would be one of the few who managed to flee Portugal during the forced conversions and prohibitions of departure that Manuel I zacuti, in order to keep the Jews in Portugal as nominal Christians for foreign policy reasons see Expulsion of the Jews from Portugal. The tables became a popular and necessary tool for navigation, accompanied by a technical invention of Abraham Zacuto, his copper astrolabe — until his time, this ancient instrument was made of wood and did not allow for desired precision.


Abraham Zacuto’s advice on wisdom of stars to the Gentile nations and their kings is as good as Ahitophel’s zavuto of old [18]. He studied Talmud and kabbalah, at the same time pursuing his studies abranam astronomy at the acclaimed University of Salamanca.

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Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Zacuto’s Almanach perpetuum or Biur Luhoth helped immediately revolutionize ocean navigation.

The main section covers the period from Ezra to the final redaction of the Talmud but Zacuto then decided to continue the history down to his own times and append an outline ot the history of the world since creation.

Omitting the haggadic portions of the Talmud, and all the laws not practiced outside of Palestine, such as the sacrificial, criminal and political ones, Asher made an abstract of the practical Hala ch ahleaving out the discussions, and concisely stating the final decisions.

Columbus used his tables on his voyages, and on one occasion they were instrumental in saving him and his crew from certain death. Besides, the names of the Jewish sages are often quite similar: 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.

He may have studied and taught astronomy at the University of Salamanca. As he entered, he opened the R.

Jew or Not Jew: Abraham Zacuto

After leaving Veragua, his fleet suffered from a terrible hurricane and in terrible plight, he reached Jamaica. Torah, Halizah, Trefa etc. Abraham Zacuto concentrates his attention and efforts on the first articles in the book dealing with the Talmud personalities. But before that, in Tunis he completed his lifelong work, the historical Book of Lineage, a history of the world from Creation to from the Jewish perspective.

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Write to the Editor and Publisher. Zacuto’s tables in conjunction with the new metal nautical astrolabe allowed navigators to take accurate readings anywhere. The titles of Talmud and Mishna Tractates are transliterated and italicised, thus Shabbath is the Tractate, while the day is called Sabbath, as usual.

Inthe king of Portugal ruled that all Jews had to convert to Christianity and Zacuto had once again to flee — this time to North Africa.

He later was for a time teacher of astronomy at the universities of Zaragoza and then Cartagena. For other uses, see Zacuto camera accessories. During the eclipse the Cazics were frightened and prayed to Columbus to remove the spell. Graetz accused him of wasting the money of a wealthy Jewish widow on such an unworthy project as publication of the Book xacuto Lineage.

Abraham Zacuto came to new conclusion about the origin of storms abarham gales in the equinoctial regions. The wise man replied, [Since then] the earth was raised or the heaven descended. In words of his publisher Abraham Freimann he invested huge effort and succeeded in laying a sound foundation for the structure of Talmudic history.

Already inVasco da Gama took Zacuto’s tables and the astrolabe with him on the maiden trip to India.

Abraham Zacuto

Abraham Zacuto tried to correct the errors of preceding scholars on Transmission and related topics and frequently argued with Maimonides and with R. They were baptised and took names of Rodriguez and Nunez, but when some of their descendents left the Peninsula in 16 th and 17 th cc, they came back into the Jewish faith and into their old family name.

As for titles, we use R. Columbus assembled the Caciques as the native chiefs were called and threatened them that he will banish the moonlight.