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The Jewish Messiahs: From the Galilee to Crown Heights / Edition 1

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Overview

In this book, Harris Lenowitz explores the fascinating history of Jewish messianic movements. Looking in detail at all of the Jewish messiahs about whom anything is known, he introduces each of these figures in turn, and offers extensive excerpts of the original texts that tell their stories. The messiahs whom we meet in these pages range from the inspiring to the tragic and bizarre. By examining the messianic idea in the tradition which gave birth to it, Lenowitz both sheds new light on this engrossing aspect of Jewish history and provides a firmer basis for understanding contemporary messianic groups.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195148374
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Ritual and the Accounts 3
2 The Israelite Messiahs: Jesus of Nazareth and Shim'on bar Kosiba and Their Forerunners 23
3 The Persian Messiahs: Abu Isa, Yudghan, Mushka, and Serenus of Syria 61
4 The Messiah of Amadia: David Alroy 81
5 The Messiahs of the Inquisition: David Reubeni and Shlomo Molkho 93
6 The Messiahs of Safed: Isaac Luria and Hayim Vital 125
7 The Messiah of Izmir: Shabtai Zvi 149
8 The Polish Messiahs: Yakov Frank and His Daughter Ewa 167
9 The Tzaddik of Hasidism 199
10 The Yemenite Messiahs: Reprise 225
11 Conclusion: The Characterization of Abandonment 263
Notes 277
Index of Messiahs and Accounts 287
Index of Topics 291
Index of Places 295
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