Abraham Miguel Cardozo: Selected Writings

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Paulist Press, 2001 - Religion - 411 pages
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Abraham Miguel Cardozo (1627-1706) is known primarily as a follower and defender of the false messiah Sabbatai Zevi. He was that, indeed; but he was a great deal more than that as well. Cardozo was one of the most vivid, complex and original personalities to emerge within Judaism during the seventeenth century. An early modern Jew, he was above all an individual. Like his contemporary Spinoza, Cardozo suffered horribly for his individuality. Yet he remained faithful until his death -- his strange, violent, eerily messianic death -- to what he believed to be the true and authentic Jewish faith. Cardozo deserves to be known for himself. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

THE MAN AND HIS UNIVERSE
1
Cardozo the Marrano
5
Cardozo the Kabbalist
18
Cardozo the MessiahBearer
37
Cardozo the Theologian
60
Cardozo the Magus
71
Cardozo the Wanderer
82
Who Was This Man?
95
Defending the Fallen Messiah
117
In Quest of the Hidden God
168
Mending a Disfigured Deity
243
Reminiscences of the Shechinahs Knight
273
Epitaph
309
Notes
311
Selected Bibliography
399
Index
404

CARDOZO SPEAKS
107
Scenes from the Youth of a Maverick Theologian
109

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