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p. 857. Modern Times III: The Sabbatian Messianic Movementlocked

  • Joseph Dan


As the teachings of Safed spread to Jewish communities worldwide, ordinary people were faced with responsibility for the fate of God, the universe, and the Jewish people. ‘Modern Times III: The Sabbatian Messianic Movement’ examines the messianic upheaval of the seventeenth century and the emergence of the notion of a mystical-messianic leader, a divine figure who could undertake a part of this responsibility. This meaningful modification of the Lurianic Kabbalah was Nathan of Gaza, known as the prophet of the messiah Shabbatai Zevil. Some of the mystical-messianic ideas that developed in this period survived the decline of the movement at the end of the eighteenth century.

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