The Jewish Messiahs: From the Galilee to Crown Heights

Paperback | August 15, 2001

byHarris Lenowitz

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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 contemporarymessianic groups.

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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 ran...

Harris Lenowitz is at University of Utah.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195148371

ISBN - 13:9780195148374

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Table of Contents

Introduction - The Ritual; A Note on the Accounts1. Jesus of Nazareth and Shim'on bar Kosiba2. The Persian Messiahs: Abu Isa, Yudghan, Mushka; and Serenus of Syria3. David Alroy4. David Reubeni and Shlomo Molkho5. Isaac Luria and Hayyim Vital6. Shabtia Zevi7. Yakov Frank8. The Hasidic Tzaddik9. The Yemenite Messiahs: RepriseConclusion

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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 thesubject."--Religious Studies Review