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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Abeaham Zacuto’s advice on wisdom of stars to the Gentile nations and their kings is as good as Ahitophel’s advice of old [18]. De Rossi, Dizionario, s. In Zacuto was in Damascus.

His ten sons are mentioned whenever a tractate is completed in a celebratory prayer called Hadran. The eclipse frightened the natives and they asked Columbus to save the moon. Abraham zaccuto his father as the source, [for instance] why the sons of Rab Papa [6] are mentioned after completion of a tractate?

There is, however, no substantiating evidence that Zacuto was still alive close to that date.


The main intention of R. Abraham Zacuto tried to correct the errors of preceding scholars on Transmission and related topics and zscuto argued with Maimonides and with R.

Abraham Zacuto stayed in Abrsham for a few years but apparently he could not find peace for his soul and left for the Middle East, to Turkey and at the end of his days to Syria and to Land of Israel. Abraham Luzitanus, was a great physician and a wise man.


Spanish astronomer mathematician, and historian; born at Salamanca about ; died in Turkey after Rivista Degli Studi Orientali788—92; B. Abraham of Trotial composed his book of Kabbalah and he quotes frequently the Book of Yohassin. He later was for a time teacher of astronomy at the universities of Zaragoza and then Cartagena. This was also prepared with zcauto grant of Zacuto Foundation. For non-Jewish names, the spelling of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was preferred wherever available.

The central theme of the book is the great effort of Jewish sages crowned with the Talmud.

The Hebrew medieval historical literature is rather lean and mean. Moses Zakudo to R. Astronomy in the Iberian Peninsula. He had no need to tell the stories, as they were known to his readership. Abraham Zacuto of Salamanca. Abraham taught in the University and many of his disciples, Christians and Jews, became prominent scholars.

The conversion, in abrajam view of Ferdinand and Isabella, would unify the people of Spain under one crown and one church.

Zacuto then found a new patron in the person of the grand master of abrwham order of the knights of Alcantara, moving to Gata Caceres province. Abraham Zacuto lamented him by quoting the verse See, I am sending an angel ahead of you Ex Already famous in academic circles, he was invited to court and nominated Royal Astronomer and Historian by King John II of Portugal, a position which he held until the early reign of Manuel I.


Twice he and his son Samuel were taken prisoner, but abrabam finally reached Tunis. The Soncino translation of Talmud was used for the relevant quotes, unless they had to be modernised, and for spelling of Hebrew names. Abraham Zacuto to abrahma room and enquired what the distance between earth and heaven is.


His first publisher R. Zacuto did much to improve the navigational abilities of the Portuguese and was credited with playing an important role in the Portuguese reaching India. Abraham Zacuto the Second. A large part of the treatise, however, is original research and analysis, based on later rabbinic literature. A prominent man of Jewish origin, Senior embraced Christianity, while Santangel and Sanchez were born into a recently baptised family.

They could not integrate the details into a united and live presentation. Abraham Zacuto became a professor of astronomy, first abragam Salamanca and later at Saragossa University.

He was versed in Jewish Law, and was rabbi of his community. Zacuto wrote about his deserved success: His astronomic tables seemed miraculous to his contemporaries.

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. Abraham Zacuto Edit Profile astronomer historian mathematician rabbi astrologer Abraham Zacuto was a Sephardi Jewish astronomer, astrologer, mathematician, rabbi and historian who served as Royal Astronomer in the 15th century to King John II of Portugal.

Manuel, and in this capacity he was consulted by the king regarding the practicability of the projected expedition of Vasco da Gama, which he approved and encouraged.

Thus Zacuto stood at the gate of the great breakthrough of European civilisation: