Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History

ISBN-10: 0814779433
ISBN-13: 9780814779439
Edition: 1992
Authors: Marc Saperstein
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 4/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

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.

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.

Preface
Introduction
Overviews
Messianism in Jewish History
Jewish Messianism: Metamorphoses of an Idea
The Late Second Commonwealth Period
Messiahs: Robbers, Jurists, Prophets, and Magicians
Popular Messianic Movements around the Time of Jesus
The Early Islamic Period
Shiitic Influences in Jewish Sectarianism
The Raja Doctrine
The One True Prophet
Successive Incarnation
Prophet and Messiah
The Dai
Succession
Anointment
Inspiration
Social Position
Jihad
Prohibition of Meat
Number of Prayers
Messianic and Sectarian Movements
The Period of the Crusades
A Report on Messianic Troubles in Baghdad in 1120-21
Messianic Postures of Ashkenazim and Sephardim
Reappearance of Pseudo-Messiahs
The Messianic Self-Consciousness of Abraham Abulafia: A Tentative Evaluation
After the Expulsion from Spain
Acute Apocalyptic Messianism
The Sabbatian Movement and Its Aftermath
Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah
The Background of the Sabbatian Movement
Messianic Economics
Mass Prophecy
After the Apostasy
From Schweitzer to Scholem: Reflections on Sabbatai Svi
The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
The Messianic-Prophetic Role of the Baal Shem Tov
Nahman of Bratslav's Messianic Strivings
Messianic Concepts and Settlement in the Land of Israel
The Messiah Shukr Kuhayl II (1868-75) and his Tithe (Maaser): Ideology and Practice as a Means to Hasten Redemption
Zionism and the State of Israel
Israel and the Messiah
Foundations of a Political Messianic Trend in Israel
Messianic Postures in Israel Today
Summaries and Reevaluations
Gershom Scholem on Jewish Messianism
The Price of Messianism
Index

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