Shay Eshel is a librarian in the Humanities Collection at the National Library of Israel. He has a PhD in Byzantine history and is a professional translator. His translations include "The Alexiad" by Anna Komnene, which he translated from Greek into Hebrew. Shay's work focuses on the various connections between Greek and Jewish culture - from antiquity, through the Middle Ages and to this very day.
Medieval Barcelona was a unique meeting spot of Eastern and Western culture. A place where Jews, Muslims and Christians could mix. It was in Barcelona that the “first Jewish scientist” and one of the great Christian translators of the day conceived an ambitious plan to bring the wisdom of the Islamic and ancient worlds to an awakening Europe
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