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Author Leibman, Laura Arnold.
Title Messianism, secrecy and mysticism : a new interpretation of early American Jewish life / Laura Arnold Leibman.
Imprint Middlesex ; Portland, Or. : Vallentine Mitchell, 2012.

Author Leibman, Laura Arnold.
Subject Jews -- America -- History -- 17th century.
Jews -- America -- History -- 18th century.
Jews -- Material culture -- America -- History.
Messianism -- America -- History.
Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 388 pages) : illustrations, map
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-367) and index.
Contents Front Matter -- Contents -- Illustrations -- Tables -- Acknowledgements -- Transliterations and Names -- Abbreviations -- Timeline -- Introduction -- Chapter 1 Friendly Piranhas -- Chapter 2 New Jerusalem -- Chapter 3 Black Jews -- Chapter 4 The World-To-Come -- Chapter 5 Soul Food -- Chapter 6 From Holy Land to New England Canaan -- Chapter 7 The Secret Lives of Men -- Conclusion -- Appendix Structural Elements of the Temple in Jerusalem and Relevant Synagogue -- Glossary -- Select Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism tells the history of Early American Jews, focusing on the objects of everyday life used and created by Jews, such as ritual baths, food, gravestones, portraits, furniture, as well as the synagogue. By uncovering these objects and exposing the common culture of the Jewish Atlantic world, the book provides a fresh understanding of a crucial era in Jewish and American history. It offers new insights about the origins of Jewish American messianism, helping readers better understand messianism in contemporary American society. It charts the shared culture of these Jews who lived in the port towns in the Caribbean and on both sides of the Atlantic, and author Laura Arnold Leibman argues that thinking about Judaism as an embodied religion is key to understanding their culture. Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism makes early Jewish American history entertaining, accessible, and interesting to general readers, as well as to academic audiences."--Publisher's website.
Awards Jewish Book Council National Jewish Book Awards Winner
ISBN 9780853039754 (electronic bk.)
0853039755 (electronic bk.)
0853038333 (hbk.)
9780853038337 (hbk.)
OCLC # 811400602
Additional Format Print version: Arnold, Laura. Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism : A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life. Portland : Vallentine Mitchell Publishers, ©2012 9780853038337.

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