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Ma‘aseh Toviyah
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The Ma‘aseh Toviyah (Work of Tobias), written in Hebrew and printed for the first time at Venice in 1707, is considered one of the most important works of the early Haskalah. In his lexicon-style work, its author, the physician Tobias Hakohen (1652–1729), presented new astronomical and medical knowledge. The combination of scientific learning with elements of rabbinic erudition and traditional knowledge made the book attractive for both an enlightened and a conservative reading public, which was reflected in numerous new editions.

The author of the Ma‘aseh Toviyah was the …

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Sadowski, Dirk, “Ma‘aseh Toviyah”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0502>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312



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