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Jacob's ShipwreckDiaspora, Translation, and Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval England$
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Ruth Nisse

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703072

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703072.001.0001

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A Fox among Fish?

A Fox among Fish?

Berekhiah ha-Nakdan’s Translations

(p.75) 3 A Fox among Fish?
Jacob's Shipwreck

Ruth Nisse

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Berekhiah ha-Nakdan's Dodi ve-Nekhdi (Uncle and Nephew) and Mishle Shuʻalim (Fox Fables). Both are Hebrew translations: the first is a translation of Adelard of Bath's scientific and medical treatise Natural Questions (ca. 1120) and the second is a collection of Aesopic fables from a variety of sources. In addition to his translations, Berekhiah wrote two treatises, Sefer ha-Hibbur (Compendium) and Sefer ha-Mazref (Book of the Crucible), anthologies based on the ethical thought of Saadiah Gaon, Solomon Ibn Gabriol, Bahya Ibn Pakuda, and other philosophers. He also composed several lost works of biblical exegesis. This chapter considers how Berekhiah has shaped Natural Questions into his own discourse of natural science and uses his Fox Fables as a condemnation of the English for their idolatry, Christians and Jews alike.

Keywords:   translation, Berekhiah ha-Nakdan, Dodi ve-Nekhdi, Mishle Shuʻalim, Fox Fables, Adelard of Bath, Natural Questions, natural science, Christians, Jews

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