Sir Isaac Newton: The History and Contents of the Yahuda Collection
Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)
The National Library of Israel is home to one of the most significant collections of Sir Isaac Newton’s non-scientific writings. These manuscripts, in Newton’s hand, concern the history of ancient Christianity, the chronology of ancient kingdoms, theology, and related matters. Why was Newton writing about these subjects? What might they have to do with his scientific and mathematical discoveries? And how did they get to the National Library of Israel? We will explore the extraordinary story of Newton’s theological manuscripts from his passionate authorship to their fate centuries after his death. We will see how the Jerusalem-born Sephardic polymath scholar Abraham Shalom Yahuda acquired a large collection of this manuscript treasure in the 1930s, how he decided to will the material to the National Library, and what has been discovered in this long-hidden collection.
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