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Millenarianism and Messianism in Early Modern European Culture

Volume I: Jewish Messianism in the Early Modern World

Editors: Goldish, M., Popkin, R.H. (Eds.)

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The earliest scientific studies of Jewish messianism were conducted by the scholars of the Wissenschaft des Judentums school, particularly Heinrich Graetz, the first great Jewish historian of the Jews since Josephus. These researches were invaluable because they utilized primary sources in print and manuscript which had been previously unknown or used only in polemics. The Wissenschaft studies themselves, however, prove to be polemics as well on closer inspection. Among the goals of this group was to demonstrate that Judaism is a rational and logical faith whose legitimacy and historical progress deserve recognition by the nations of Europe. Mystical and messianic beliefs which might undermine this image were presented as aberrations or the result of corrosive foreign influences on the Jews. Gershom Scholem took upon himself the task of returning mysticism and messianism to their rightful central place in the panorama of Jewish thought. Jewish messianism was, for Scholem, a central theme in the philosophy and life of the Jews throughout their history, shaped anew by each generation to fit its specific hopes and needs. Scholem emphasized that this phenomenon was essentially independent of messianic or millenarian trends among other peoples. For example, in discussing messianism in the early modern era Scholem describes a trunk of influence on the Jewish psyche set off by the expulsion from Spain in 1492.

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`This volume is a major contribution to the understanding of Jewish and Christian messianism in early Modern Europe. It can be highly recommended to libraries and scholars of early Modern European intellectual history.'
Religious Studies Review, 29:3 (2003)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Messianism of Isaac Abarbanel, ‘Father of the [Jewish] Messianic Movements of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’

    Lawee, E.

    Pages 1-39

  • Patterns in Converso Messianism

    Goldish, M.

    Pages 41-63

  • Syncretism and Millennium in Herrera’s Kabbalah

    Krabbenhoft, K.

    Pages 65-76

  • Some Social Aspects of the Polemics between Sabbatians and Their Opponents

    Barnai, J.

    Pages 77-90

  • Christian Interest and Concerns about Sabbatai Zevi

    Popkin, R. H.

    Pages 91-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Millenarianism and Messianism in Early Modern European Culture
Book Subtitle
Volume I: Jewish Messianism in the Early Modern World
Editors
  • M. Goldish
  • R.H. Popkin
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
173
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-2278-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-2278-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6850-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5666-5
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 246
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