50 Jewish Messiahs: The Untold Life Stories of 50 Jewish Messiahs Since Jesus and how They Changed the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Worlds

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Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2002 - History - 201 pages
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It is a little known fact that there have been more than fifty prominent Jewish Messiahs. These characters, though unrenowned today, inspired messianic fervour that at times seized the whole Jewish, Christian, Muslim and even secular worlds. The stories of these fifty Messiahs, both male and female, are unknown -- suppressed by Jewish religious authorities or ignored by historians of all religions. Until now. In this book, these Jewish Messiahs are remembered, and now their forgotten stories -- whether humorous, bizarre, tragic or solemn -- are finally told. The Messiah who killed the Pope; The Messiah who was saved from the Inquisition when the Pope hid him in the Vatican; The Messiah who demanded that his head be cut off in order to prove his immortality The Messiah who defied the Holy Roman Emperor; The 17th century Messiah whose followers continued their secret society into the 20th century. And to contemporary times and the story of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, and how he inspired a passionate and devoted following. Above all, Fifty Jewish Messiahs examines humanity, not divinity, and history rather than theology. Taken together, these intriguing stories paint a vivid portrait of the universal and timeless human need for optimism, and hope in a better future.

 

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Contents

The Jewish Concept of Messiah
1
The First Jewish Messiah
8
The Second Moses
16
The Syrian Messiahs The Unknown Militant and the Infamous Miracle Worker
19
The Persian Messiah Dynasty
23
The Messiah According to Maimonides
28
Maimonides Messiahs
32
The Jewish Messiah from the Arabian Nights
38
The World Discovers the Messiah
98
The Disgrace of the Messiah
108
Shabbatais Secret Movement Survives
116
The JewishMuslim Christian Messiah
123
The Hasidic Master as Messiah
134
The Messiah Who Returned from the Dead and Other Yemenite Messiahs
138
Todays Messiah
148
Conclusion
153

The Messiah Who Killed the Pope and the Messiah Who Threatened Jewish Castile
45
The Messiah Prince and the Last Iberian Messiahs
50
The Role of Women in Spains Messiah Stories
54
The First Ashkenazi Messiah
57
The Odd Couple
59
The General of the Phantom Army
62
The Messiah Who Was Saved by the Pope
70
The Kabbalist Messiahs
78
The Rabbi Who Became Christianitys Expert on the Messiah
85
The Greatest Messiah Beginnings
91
Endnotes
156
Appendix
168
Note on the Beta Israel and the Ten Tribes
170
Note on the Power Conflicts among Pope Clement VII Emperor Charles V and King Henry VIII
172
Definitions
174
Sources and Bibliography
181
B General Index
185
A The Messiahs
186
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About the author (2002)

Jerry Rabow, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, practiced law for 35 years in Los Angeles, where he lectured and wrote extensively on estate planning and probate. He has been active for thirty years in various lay leadership positions with Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue in Encino, California. Jerry is the author of a nationally distributed booklet, "Guide to Jewish Mourning and Condolence", and currently attends lectures and classes in Judaica at UCLA and the University of Judaism. His hobbies include Jewish papercutting and digital photography, and he is currently working on a new book, "Fundamentals of Digital Photography.

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