The Jews of Yemen in the Nineteenth Century: A Portrait of a Messianic Community

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BRILL, 1993 - Religion - 209 pages
This book discusses the uniqueness of messianic aspirations of the nineteenth-century jews of Yemen, and displays the unprecedented role that these aspirations played in all sectors of their life. The study employs a diachronic approach; it presents the development of Jewish messianic expressions in Yemen and explains how Jewish messianic ideology and movements were receptive to eschatological notions and to messianic movements of Yemeni Muslims. Particular attention is devoted to the messianic movements of Shukr Kuhayl I (1861-65), Shukr Kuhayl II (1868-75), and Yosef 'Abdallah (1888-93). Other themes include Yemeni Jewish apocalyptic literature, messianic motifs in rabbinic writings and messianic expressions in the Yemeni Jewish waves of migration to Palestine (1881-1914).
 

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Contents

B The Messiah of Bayhan ca 1500
27
CULTURAL INTERFERENCE
54
MESSIANIC MOTIFS IN LATER RABBINIC THOUGHT
87
MESSIANIC MOVEMENTS IN THE SECOND HALF OF
104
B Shukr Kuhayl II 186875
118
Yosef Abdallah 188893
158
MESSIANIC EXPRESSIONS IN THE WAVES OF MIGRATION
165
B The Immigration from Northern Yemen 190611
174
CONCLUSIONS
188
INDEX
201
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Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman, Ph.D. in History, University of California (1981), is affiliated to the Open University of Israel since 1991. Most recent publication: 'The Attitudes of Yemenite Rabbis toward 19th Century Jewish Messianic Figures', in "Proceedings of the Tenth World Congress of Jewish Studies" (1990).

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