Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History / Edition 1

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The messianic idea that a redeemer sent by God will come to end the suffering of a persecuted people and inaugurate a new age of justice and peace has been one of the most powerful and influential concepts given by the Jewish people to western civilization. This book represents a sample of the most penetrating and provocative scholarly interpretations of Jewish messianic movement from various perspectives- historical, sociological, psychological, and religious.

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Editorial Reviews

A collection of 22 essays, originally published over a period of some 75 years, and representing various kinds of diversity: Jewish and Christian scholars, Israelis and Americans, textual and conceptual approaches, older studies that have become classics and recent accounts of new discoveries, idiosyncratic interpretations and statements of consensus, broad surveys and analyses of specific events. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814779439
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Series: Essential Papers on Jewish Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 850,004
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Saperstein, who previously held the first regular faculty appointment in Jewish Studies at Harvard divinity school, is currently Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought at Washington University in St Louis.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Overviews
1 Messianism in Jewish History 35
2 Jewish Messianism: Metamorphoses of an Idea 53
II The Late Second Commonwealth Period
3 Messiahs: Robbers, Jurists, Prophets, and Magicians 73
4 Popular Messianic Movements around the Time of Jesus 83
III The Early Islamic Period
5 Shiitic Influences in Jewish Sectarianism 113
1 The Raja Doctrine
2 The One True Prophet
3 Successive Incarnation
4 Prophet and Messiah
5 The Dai
6 Succession
7 Anointment
8 Inspiration
9 Social Position
10 Jihad
11 Prohibition of Meat
12 Number of Prayers
6 Messianic and Sectarian Movements 162
IV The Period of the Crusades
7 A Report on Messianic Troubles in Baghdad in 1120-21 189
8 Messianic Postures of Ashkenazim and Sephardim 202
9 Reappearance of Pseudo-Messiahs 234
10 The Messianic Self-Consciousness of Abraham Abulafia: A Tentative Evaluation 250
V After the Expulsion from Spain
11 Acute Apocalyptic Messianism 259
VI The Sabbatian Movement and Its Aftermath
12 Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah 289
1 The Background of the Sabbatian Movement
2 Messianic Economics
3 Mass Prophecy
4 After the Apostasy
13 From Schweitzer to Scholem: Reflections on Sabbatai Svi 335
VII The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
14 The Messianic-Prophetic Role of the Baal Shem Tov 377
15 Nahman of Bratslav's Messianic Strivings 389
16 Messianic Concepts and Settlement in the Land of Israel 433
17 The Messiah Shukr Kuhayl II 1868-75 and his Tithe Maaser: Ideology and Practice as a Means to Hasten Redemption 456
VIII Zionism and the State of Israel
18 Israel and the Messiah 475
19 Foundations of a Political Messianic Trend in Israel 492
20 Messianic Postures in Israel Today 504
IX Summaries and Reevaluations
21 Gershom Scholem on Jewish Messianism 521
22 The Price of Messianism 551
Index 559
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