Joseph Solomon Qandia Delmedigo was born in Heraklion in 1591, the son of Elias ben Moise Delmedigo. He later moved to Padua to study medicine and astronomy with Galileo before relocating to Venice in 1613 after which he became a physician, astronomer, philosopher, mathematician and music theorist. Joseph Delmedigo travelled widely throughout Europe and the Near East, adopting the Maimonidean theory that viewed only those souls who had attained a philosophic appreciation of God as immortal. As a result, some scholars in Heraklion suspected him of rejecting the doctrine of the immortality of the soul. His only known works are Elim (Palms) published in Hebrew in 1629 that focused on mathematics, astronomy, the natural sciences and metaphysics, together with some letters and essays before he died in Prague in 1655.


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Joseph Solomon Qandia Delmedigo (1591-1648)


Page from Sefer Elim


Page from Sefer Elim


Title page of Sefer Elim, Amsterdam 1629

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