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Author Lenowitz, Harris.
Title The Jewish messiahs : from the Galilee to Crown Heights / Harris Lenowitz.
Imprint New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 1998.

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Subject Jewish messianic movements -- History.
Messiah -- Judaism.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 297 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-285) and indexes.
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780195348941 (electronic bk.)
019534894X (electronic bk.)
0585160775 (electronic bk.)
9780585160771 (electronic bk.)
0195114922 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 44961016
Additional Format Print version: Lenowitz, Harris. Jewish messiahs. New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 1998 0195114922 (DLC) 97029980 (OCoLC)37361716
Table of Contents
1Introduction: The Ritual and the Accounts3
2The Israelite Messiahs: Jesus of Nazareth and Shim'on bar Kosiba and Their Forerunners23
3The Persian Messiahs: Abu Isa, Yudghan, Mushka, and Serenus of Syria61
4The Messiah of Amadia: David Alroy81
5The Messiahs of the Inquisition: David Reubeni and Shlomo Molkho93
6The Messiahs of Safed: Isaac Luria and Hayim Vital125
7The Messiah of Izmir: Shabtai Zvi149
8The Polish Messiahs: Yakov Frank and His Daughter Ewa167
9The Tzaddik of Hasidism199
10The Yemenite Messiahs: Reprise225
11Conclusion: The Characterization of Abandonment263
 Index of Messiahs and Accounts287
 Index of Topics291
 Index of Places295