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The Jewish Alchemists:
A History and Source Book
Raphael Patai

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Pt. 1Prelude
Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2Biblical Figures as Alchemists18
Ch. 3Alchemy in Bible and Talmud?41
Pt. 2The Hellenistic Age
Ch. 4Jews in Hellenistic Alchemy50
Ch. 5Maria the Jewess60
Ch. 6Zosimus on Maria the Jewess81
Pt. 3The Early Arab World
Ch. 7Abufalah's Alchemy98
Ch. 8A Hebrew Version of the Book of Alums and Salts119
Ch. 9Pseudo-Khalid ibn Yazid125
Pt. 4The Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries
Ch. 10Artephius141
Ch. 11The Great Jewish Philosophers144
Ch. 12Kabbalah and Alchemy: A Reconsideration152
Pt. 5The Fourteenth Century
Ch. 13Raymund de Tarrega: Marrano, Heretic, Alchemist175
Ch. 14The Quinta Essentia in Hebrew204
Ch. 15Flamel's Jewish Masters218
Ch. 16Two Spanish Jewish Court Alchemists234
Ch. 17Abraham Eleazar238
Ch. 18Themo Judaei258
Pt. 6The Fifteenth Century
Ch. 19Simeon ben Semah Duran264
Ch. 20Solomon Trismosin and His Jewish Master268
Ch. 21Abraham ben Simeon's Cabala Mystica271
Ch. 22Isaac Hollandus and His Son John Isaac289
Ch. 23Johanan Alemanno and Joseph Albo293
Ch. 24Pseudo-Maimonides300
Ch. 25Three Kuzari Commentators314
Pt. 7The Sixteenth Century
Ch. 26Esh Msaref: A Kabbalistic-Alchemical Treatise322
Ch. 27Taitazak and Provencali336
Ch. 28Hayyim Vital, Alchemist340
Ch. 29An Alchemical Miscellany365
Ch. 30Labi, Hamawi, and Portaleone376
Ch. 31The Manchester (John Rylands) Manuscript381
Pt. 8The Seventeenth Century
Ch. 32Leone Modena, Delmedigo, and Zerah399
Ch. 33Four Seventeenth-Century Manuscripts407
Ch. 34Benjamin Mussafia437
Ch. 35Benjamin Jesse447
Pt. 9The Eighteenth Century
Ch. 36Hayyim Shmuel Falck455
Ch. 37The Comte de Saint-Germain463
Ch. 38Jacob Emden; de Bar Ilan Manuscript480
Pt. 10The Nineteenth Century
Ch. 39An Alchemical Manuscript from Jerba492
Ch. 40Mordecai Abi Serour514
Conclusion: A Profile of Jewish Alchemy517
Appendix: An Alchemical Vocabulary from Jerba525
Notes543
Index589

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