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The Bustan al-Ukul by Nathanael ibn al-Fayyumi


Edited and Translated from an Unique Manuscript in the Library of Columbia University


The Garden of Wisdom is a rare Jewish systematic theology, here presented in English translation as well as in the Arabic (in Hebrew script) original. It is a treatise of the theology of the Jews living in Southern Arabia written by Nathanael Ibn al-Fayyumi in the twelfth century when the Jews of Yemen were undergoing persecution.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-584-7
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Publication Status: In Press

Publication Date: May 8,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 246
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-584-7
$144.00
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Columbia University came into possession of an unusual manuscript dubbed “The Garden of Wisdom,” a systematic treatise of the theology of the Jews living in Southern Arabia written by Nathanael Ibn al-Fayyumi in the twelfth century. A unique look into the Yemenite Jewish mind, this document is of considerable interest in that little is otherwise known of Jewish intellectual life in that part of the world. Levine took on the task of translating this document from a single manuscript, written in Arabic but transcribed into Hebrew characters. As the oldest extant Jewish Yemenite work, the piece has special importance. The leader of the Yemenite Jews, Nathanael Ibn al-Fayyumi, wrote this popular introduction to Jewish theology during a period of intense persecution, when it was feared that the faith might die out. "The Garden of Wisdom" is a rare Jewish systematic theology, here presented in English translation as well as in the Arabic (in Hebrew script) original.

David Levine earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Columbia University came into possession of an unusual manuscript dubbed “The Garden of Wisdom,” a systematic treatise of the theology of the Jews living in Southern Arabia written by Nathanael Ibn al-Fayyumi in the twelfth century. A unique look into the Yemenite Jewish mind, this document is of considerable interest in that little is otherwise known of Jewish intellectual life in that part of the world. Levine took on the task of translating this document from a single manuscript, written in Arabic but transcribed into Hebrew characters. As the oldest extant Jewish Yemenite work, the piece has special importance. The leader of the Yemenite Jews, Nathanael Ibn al-Fayyumi, wrote this popular introduction to Jewish theology during a period of intense persecution, when it was feared that the faith might die out. "The Garden of Wisdom" is a rare Jewish systematic theology, here presented in English translation as well as in the Arabic (in Hebrew script) original.

David Levine earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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  • NOTE (page 5)
  • TRANSLATOR'S INTRODUCTION (page 7)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 17)
  • THE GARDEN OF WISDOM (page 23)
  • TABLE (page 155)
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