Sabbatai sevi the mystical messiah bollingen series no 93 gershom gerhard scholem r j zwi werblowsky on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a richly detailed account of the only messianic movement ever to engulf the entire jewish world the twentieth century produced a galaxy of extraordinary jewish historians gershom scholem stands out among them for the richness and . I had heard about sabbatai sevi and thought it was one of the most fascinating stories ever sabbatai sevi was a jewish man born in the area of croatia and through a long series of events is believed to be the messiah by a huge amount of jews from britain to the middle east. In the 1930s scholems scholarship turned to an obscure kabbalist rabbi of seventeenth century turkey sabbatai sevi who aroused a fervent following that spread over the jewish world after he declared himself to be the messiah the movement suffered a severe blow when sevi was forced to convert to islam but a clandestine sect survived. Sabbatai sevi the mystical messiah is a titanic investigation into the substance and effect of illusion it explores the rise in the years 1665 and 1666 of a messianic movement among a profoundly oppressed people only just recovering from the inquisition and the iberian expulsion thrown into yet another holocaust the catastrophic . A richly detailed account of the only messianic movement ever to engulf the entire jewish world the twentieth century produced a galaxy of extraordinary jewish historians gershom scholem stands out among them for the richness and power of his historical imagination born in berlin in 1897 scholem became a zionist as a young student in a revolt against his familys bourgeois and assimilated
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