Gershom Scholem Raphael Jehudah Zwi Werblowsky
Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, 1626-1676
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Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, 1626-1676 Gershom Scholem Raphael Jehudah Zwi Werblowsky A richly detailed account of the only messianic movement ever to engulf the entire Jewish world.The twentieth century produced a galaxy of extraordinary Jewish historians Gershom Scholem stands out among them for the richness and power of his historical imagination Born in Berlin in 1897, Scholem became a Zionist as a young student in a revolt against his family s bourgeA richly detailed account of the only messianic movement ever to engulf the entire Jewish world.The twentieth century produced a galaxy of extraordinary Jewish historians Gershom Scholem stands out among them for the richness and power of his historical imagination Born in Berlin in 1897, Scholem became a Zionist as a young student in a revolt against his family s bourgeois and assimilated life He learned Hebrew and studied Kabbalah, the world of mystical teachings that had become marginalized indeed stigmatized within the mainstream rationalist Jewish tradition In 1923, Scholem emigrated to Palestine and eventually joined the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, publishing groundbreaking studies in the field of Jewish mysticism.In the 1930s, Scholem s scholarship turned to an obscure kabbalist rabbi of seventeenth century Turkey, Sabbatai evi, who aroused a fervent following that spread over the Jewish world after he declared himself to be the Messiah The movement suffered a severe blow when evi was forced to convert to Islam, but a clandestine sect survived A Bollingen Foundation grant enabled Scholem to complete the original Hebrew edition of his biography in 1957 Bollingen also supported R J Zwi Werblowsky s masterful English translation A monumental and revisionary work of Jewish historiography, Sabbatai evi stands out for its combination of philological and empirical authority and for its passion It is widely esteemed as one of Scholem s masterworks The author himself always regarded the Princeton Bollingen edition as a highlight of his scholarship.. Sabbatai Sevi The Mystical Messiah A richly detailed account of the only messianic movement ever to engulf the entire Jewish world The twentieth century produced a galaxy of extraordinary Jewish historians Gershom Scholem stands out am
  • Title: Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, 1626-1676
  • Author: Gershom Scholem Raphael Jehudah Zwi Werblowsky
  • ISBN: 9780691018096
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. David M says:

      Cowardice is an active quality Jean Genet The Sabbatian paradox, however, was not that of a saint who suffers and whose suffering is a mystery hidden with God, but of a saint who sins A faith based on this destructive paradox has lost its innocence Sabbatai Sevi, pp 691Sabbatai Sevi, the apostate messiah, makes for a bizarre and ridiculous episode in the history of religion to even lavish this amount of scholarly attention on the subject may seem like a willful act of perversity.I should say I m [...]

    2. Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch says:

      From the article The Greatness of Gershom Scholem by Hiram Macooby, Commentary, Vol 76, No 3, September 1983, pp.37 46HYAM MACOOBY is librarian and lecturer at the Leo Baeck College in London He is the author of Revolution in Judea Jesus and the Jewish Resistance , Judaism on Trial , and, most recently, The Sacred Executioner Thames Hudson SABBATAL SEVI 1626 76 was a strange and tortured personality who came from a milieu saturated with the concepts of the Lurianic Kabbalah He alternated between [...]

    3. Adam says:

      Fairly academic and exhaustively researched and still readable if you enjoy history I had heard about Sabbatai Sevi and thought it was one of the most fascinating stories ever Sabbatai Sevi was a Jewish man born in the area of Croatia and through a long series of events is believed to be the Messiah by a huge amount of Jews from Britain to the Middle East He and followers eventually is brought to the Sultan in Turkey and his followers think he is going to convert the Sultan to Judaism But the ex [...]

    4. Steve Cran says:

      In the Years 1665 a a man was announced to be the long awaited messiah of the Jewish people Communities were divided betweeen those who believed in this man and those who di not In 1666 Sabbatai went to take the crown from the Sultan, unfortuatley things went the other way around and the messiah was forced to convert to Islam Even after becoming a muslim his followers still remained loyal What lead to the the belief in Sabbatai Sevi as the Messiah to become so widespread and so persisten even af [...]

    5. Smoothw says:

      Almost too scholarly to be readable to a generalist like me, but still a staggering amount of research into an interesting historical figure.

    6. Ariel says:

      Great but so long and so turgid, I just got stuck.

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