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Abraham Miguel Cardozo: Selected Writings

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Abraham Miguel Cardozo (1627-1706) is known primarily as a follower and defender of the false messiah Sabbatai Zevi. He was that, indeed; but he was a great deal more than that as well. Cardozo was one of the most vivid, complex and original personalities to emerge within Judaism during the seventeenth century. An early modern Jew, he was above all an individual. Like his contemporary Spinoza, Cardozo suffered horribly for his individuality. Yet he remained faithful until his death -- his strange, violent, eerily messianic death -- to what he believed to be the true and authentic Jewish faith. Cardozo deserves to be known for himself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809140237
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Classics of Western Spirituality Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Note to the Reader
Table I The Jewish Calendar
Table II Weekly Torah Portions
Chronology of the Life of Abraham Cardozo
The World of Abraham Cardozo (Map)
Pt. 1 The Man and his Universe
1 Cardozo the Marrano 5
2 Cardozo the Kabbalist 18
3 Cardozo the Messiah-Bearer 37
4 Cardozo the Theologian 60
5 Cardozo the Magus 71
6 Cardozo the Wanderer 82
7 Who Was This Man? 95
Pt. 2 Cardozo Speaks
8 Scenes from the Youth of a Maverick Theologian 109
9 Defending the Fallen Messiah 117
10 In Quest of the Hidden God 168
11 Mending a Disfigured Deity 243
12 Reminiscences of the Shechinah's Knight 273
13 Epitaph 309
Notes 311
Selected Bibliography 399
Index 404
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