Hastening Redemption: Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel

Hastening Redemption: Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel

by Arie Morgenstern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195305787

ISBN-13: 9780195305784

Pub. Date: 06/22/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Accounts of the history of Zionism usually trace its origins to the late nineteenth century. In this groundbreaking book, Arie Morgenstern argues that its roots go back even further.
Morgenstern argues compellingly that the Jewish community in Israel may be traced back to a large-scale wave of immigration during the first half of the nineteenth century. Inspired

…  See more details below

Overview

Accounts of the history of Zionism usually trace its origins to the late nineteenth century. In this groundbreaking book, Arie Morgenstern argues that its roots go back even further.
Morgenstern argues compellingly that the Jewish community in Israel may be traced back to a large-scale wave of immigration during the first half of the nineteenth century. Inspired by an expectation for the coming of the Messiah in the year 1840, thousands of Jews from throughout the Ottoman Empire, North Africa, and Eastern Europe relocated to Jerusalem. Morgenstern describes the messianic awakening in all these lands but focuses primarily on the concept of redemption through messianic activism that prevailed among the disciples of Rabbi Elijah, the Ga'on of Vilna. These immigrants believed that the Messiah's arrival would bring about the redemption of the Jews, but also that, in order for this redemption to come about, they needed to prepare the way for the Messiah by fulfilling the commandment to dwell in the land of Israel. Morgenstern offers a dramatic account of their relocation, their efforts to renew rabbinic ordination, their reestablishment of the Ashkenazi community, and the building of Jerusalem. He also explores the crisis of faith that followed the Messiah's failure to appear as expected, and its effects on the community.
Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, Morgenstern sheds important new light on the history of messianic Judaism and on the ideological trends that preceded, and eventually gave birth to, modern political Zionism.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195305784
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/22/2006
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1Background of the early-nineteenth-century messianic awakening3
2Belief in 5600 (1840) as the year of redemption23
3Immigration to the land of Israel, 1808-184051
4Process of redemption envisioned by the Vilna Ga'on's disciples77
5Attempt to renew rabbinic ordination in Safed95
6"Raising the Shekhinah from the dust" by rebuilding Jerusalem111
7Expanding and solidifying Jewish settlement in the land of Israel135
8Crisis of faith in the wake of unfulfilled expectations165
9Retreat from the idea of "redemption through return to Zion"181
Epilogue : emergence of a Jewish majority in Jerusalem201

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >