The Jewish Messiahs

The Jewish Messiahs : From the Galilee to Crown Heights

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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

  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 701.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195114922
  • 9780195114928

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Rare sources are translated here, providing new insights into figures known primarily from the work of Gershom Scholem. Lenowitz has synthesized and presented in an accessible and reliable form many such texts, making this volume the standard English-language handbook on the subject. * Religious Studies Review * Whereas we deal mostly with Jesus as Christian Messiah, theological entity, artistic representation, etc., Harris Lenowitz, professor of Hebrew, provides a different and thought-provoking context to messianism and the concept of messiah....In addition to the academic merits of the book, Lenowitz produces genuine pleasure for the reader with his choice of translations by others and his own rendering of messiah texts. These translations evoke the emotion and mystery
surrounding these mythical figures with their hazy beginnings and seemingly futile ends. * Sixteenth Century Journal * The Jewish Messiahs is a detailed academic work that will be most useful to students of Jewish history and thought. * Fort Worth Star-Telegram *
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Table of contents

Introduction - The Ritual; A Note on the Accounts ; 1. Jesus of Nazareth and Shim'on bar Kosiba ; 2. The persian Messiahs: Abu Isa, Yudghan, Mushka; and Serenus of Syria ; 3. David Alroy ; 4. David Reubeni and Shlomo Molkho ; 5. Isaac Luria and Hayyim Vital ; 6. Shabtia Zevi ; 7. Yakov Frank ; 8. The Hasidic Tzaddik ; 9. The Yemenite Messiahs: Reprise ; Conclusion
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