The Sabbatean Prophets

The Sabbatean Prophets

Matt Goldish / Apr 09, 2020

The Sabbatean Prophets In the mid seventeenth century Shabbatai Zvi a rabbi from Izmir claimed to be the Jewish messiah and convinced a great many Jews to believe him The movement surrounding this messianic pretender wa

  • Title: The Sabbatean Prophets
  • Author: Matt Goldish
  • ISBN: 9780674012912
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the mid seventeenth century, Shabbatai Zvi, a rabbi from Izmir, claimed to be the Jewish messiah, and convinced a great many Jews to believe him The movement surrounding this messianic pretender was enormous, and Shabbatai s mission seemed to be affirmed by the numerous supporting prophecies of believers The story of Shabbatai and his prophets has mainly been exploredIn the mid seventeenth century, Shabbatai Zvi, a rabbi from Izmir, claimed to be the Jewish messiah, and convinced a great many Jews to believe him The movement surrounding this messianic pretender was enormous, and Shabbatai s mission seemed to be affirmed by the numerous supporting prophecies of believers The story of Shabbatai and his prophets has mainly been explored by specialists in Jewish mysticism Only a few scholars have placed this large scale movement in its social and historical context.Matt Goldish shifts the focus of Sabbatean studies from the theology of Lurianic Kabbalah to the widespread seventeenth century belief in latter day prophecy The intense expectations of the messiah in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam form the necessary backdrop for understanding the success of Sabbateanism The seventeenth century was a time of deep intellectual and political ferment as Europe moved into the modern era The strains of the Jewish mysticism, Christian millenarianism, scientific innovation, and political transformation all contributed to the development of the Sabbatean movement.By placing Sabbateanism in this broad cultural context, Goldish integrates this Jewish messianic movement into the early modern world, making its story accessible to scholars and students alike.

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    1. The Sabbatean Prophets was an excellent study into the background and setting of the Sabbatean movement. Goldish covers the various millenarian movements in Judaism, Christianity, and even Islam as well as some of the political events that help explain how so many Jews could support Sabbatai Zevi's claim. Anyone interested in this episode of Jewish history should definitely read this book. I was also fascinated by Zevi's wife who appears to have been an "Ashkenazic Conversa" for a lack of a bett [...]


    2. A very good book that focus on the historical development and social context of the sabbatean jewish messianic movement inside the 17th century. So it relates the movement to christian milleniarism (catholic and protestant) and also muslim extatic movements like the Sufis. A very interesting book that focus more on the messianic and prophetic aspects and less on the kabalistic theology behind it (done superbly by Gershom Scholem)


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