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Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, 1626-1676 (Bollingen Series XCIII)

Scholem, Gershom; R. J. Zwi Werblowsky (trans.)

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ISBN 10: 0691099162 / ISBN 13: 9780691099163
Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1973
Condition: vg Hardcover
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8vo. xxvii, 1000 pp. Original beige cloth with black imprinted title label with gold lettering on spine in original printed orange dust jacket. Frontispiece portrait of Sabbatai Sevi. One of the greatest works of Jewish history ever written, Gershom Scholem's masterful biography of the 17th century messianic claimant Sabbatai Sevi turned an embarrassing episode in Jewish history that most Jewish scholars wished to ignore into one of the pivotal moments in the rise of modernity. Scholem advanced the controversial arguments that Sabbatianism was a product of Lurianic Kabbalah and that it influenced both Hasidism and the Reform movement. Minor shelf wear. Dj sunned. Overall in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 29440

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Title: Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, 1626-...

Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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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 family's bourgeois and assimilated life. He learned Hebrew and studied Kabbalah, the world of mystical teachings that had become marginalized--indeed stigmatized--within the mainstream rationalist Jewish tradition. In 1923, Scholem emigrated to Palestine and eventually joined the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, publishing groundbreaking studies in the field of Jewish mysticism.


In the 1930s, Scholem's 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. A Bollingen Foundation grant enabled Scholem to complete the original Hebrew edition of his biography in 1957. Bollingen also supported R. J. Zwi Werblowsky's masterful English translation. A monumental and revisionary work of Jewish historiography, Sabbatai Sevi stands out for its combination of philological and empirical authority and for its passion. It is widely esteemed as one of Scholem's masterworks. The author himself always regarded the Princeton/Bollingen edition as a highlight of his scholarship.


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Gerhard Scholem who, after his immigration from Germany to Israel, changed his name to Gershom Scholem, was a German-born Israeli philosopher and historian.

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