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Astrologie, Kabbale et histoire dans les Curiositez inouyes (1629) de Jacques Gaffarel (2020)


In 1629, a strange treatise was published in Paris: the Curiositez inouyes ('unheard-of curiosities'), a survey of the astrology of the ancient Hebrews and the talismanic art of the Persians. Its author, the Orientalist Jacques Gaffarel (1601-1681), was a rising figure of French scholarship and a friend of Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655) and Gabriel Naudé (1600-1653). The originality of his treatise, one of the last defences of astrology authored by a French scholar in the seventeenth century, lay in its antiquarian approach to knowledge based mainly on a corpus of rabbinic sources. In this article, I address one of the essential aspects of the Curiositez inouyes: the re-establishment of astrology based on the doctrines of the ancient Hebrews. I show how Gaffarel used, not without ambiguity, the rhetoric and resources of historical scholarship to introduce a new legitimisation of astrology through the Jewish Kabbalah. Through this analysis I wish to explore how the attitude toward Antiquity shaped the conception of astrology in early modern France.

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Authors & Contributors
Broecke, Steven Vanden
Kahn, Didier
Noegel, Scott B.
Walker, Joel Thomas
Wheeler, Brannon M.
Wojcik, Jan W.
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
MHNH (Revista Internacional de Investigación sobre Magia y Astrología Antiguas)
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Lias: Sources and Documents Relating to the Early Modern History of Ideas
Pennsylvania State University Press
Princeton University Press
Cambridge University Press
Fabrizio Serra
Science and religion
Jewish civilization and culture
Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni
Paracelsus, Theophrast von Hohenheim
Boyle, Robert
Priestley, Joseph
Abraham Ben Ezra
Time Periods
17th century
Early modern
15th century
Middle and Near East
Mediterranean region

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