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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Zacuto was born in SalamancaSpain in Abraham Zacuto was forced to leave his home country. These titles are given in full whenever it is necessary to distinguish a Babylonian Rab from a Palestinian Rabbi.

His ancestors were French Jewish exiles who had come to Castile in Buy the English translation of the Book of Lineage. Amongst them was the great astronomer Abraham Zacuto who decided to accompany his master, the great sage and mystic Isaac Aboab.

He was born and brought up in Salamanca, in Castile though the Portuguese dispute it and claim he and his family are from Evora in Portugal. Abraham Zacuto to his room and enquired what the distance between earth and heaven is. For this reason, his book was banned for ten years by the Rabbinic authorities and remained out of print for a hundred years, being spread in carefully observed manuscripts.


His astronomic tables seemed miraculous to his contemporaries. InAvraham Zacuto reached Palestine, where he lived until his death two years later. Still his copy based on the Oxford MS remained the best scientific text of the book and it was republished with extensive notes by Abraham Haim Freimann Frankfurt am Main Steinschneider, Die Geschichtsliteratur der Juden88—93; idem, in: Abraham Zacuto’s advice in presence of his sailors.

It is written in the book of Neshmat Haim: The Book of Lineage was a life-long work of R.

Abraham Zacuto’s Sefer Yuchasin

Zacuto tries to synchronize Jewish and world events. Abraham as he admitted: His life is surrounded by legend as befits a Judaeo-Iberian sage, and it is baraham difficult for us to separate the hard facts from the embellishments. It includes the second article, tractate Amoraim, and then a different manuscript, by a different author from a later period.

For another twenty years, all solar navigation tables in Portugal were based on his reckonings and made a great contribution to the great Spanish and Portuguese voyages of discovery. The conversion, in the view of Ferdinand and Isabella, would unify the people of Spain under one crown zacuho one church. The Book of Yohassin is our only primary source on the matter as the other writers just quoted the book of R.

It is the calculation of times and signs. Samuel Balansi [Valenci] the greatest in knowledge and wisdom of the R.


Zacuto compared various manuscripts and printed books to present the reader with correct versions. Other Photos Add photo.

This treatise is aabraham on Latin and Spanish works. But the stars did not bode him well: The Zacuto’s tables provided him with a way out as they indicated there would soon on February 29, be a lunar eclipse.

Abraham Zacuto

For non-Jewish names, the spelling of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was preferred wherever available. 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 was present at the birth of modernity: Zacuto’s astronomical findings played an important role in the Spanish and Portuguese discoveries. The book was considered an important document of Jewish history in that zacito included the lineage of the Jewish people and its key figures, from inception to the time abrabam the author. This is the first historical chronicle covering the entire history of mankind from the Jewish perspective, integrating the records of Jewish chronographers.