The Messiah Texts

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Wayne State University Press, 1988 - 373 pagina's

Following a detailed introduction to the world of messianic ideology and its significance in Jewish history, The Messiah Texts traces the progress of the messianic legend from its biblical beginnings to contemporary expressions.

Renowned scholar Raphael Patai has skillfully selected passages from a voluminous literature spanning three millennia. Using his own translations from Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Latin, and other original texts, Patai excerpts delightful folk tales, apocalyptic fantasies, and parables of prophetic power. All are central to the understanding of a magnificent heritage. patai also investigates the false messiahs who have appeared throughout Jewish history, the modern Messiah-influenced movements such as reform Judaism and Zionism, and the numerous reasons put forth by the various branches of Judaism as to why the Messiah has not yet appeared.

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Preface xili Prologue
xix
Introduction
xxi
The Biblical Preamble
1
Preexistence and Names of the Messiah
16
Early Messiahs
23
The Ancestry of the Messiah
37
The Waiting
42
Counting the Days
54
Gog and Magog
145
Armilus
156
Messiah ben Joseph
165
Wars and Victories
171
The Ingathering and the Return of the Shekhina
181
The Triumph of the Lord
189
The Last Judgment
211
Miraculous Fertility
229

Hastening the End
65
Son of the Clouds
81
The Birds Nest
84
Contest in Heaven
90
The Pangs of Times
95
The Suffering Messiah
104
The Mother of the Messiah
122
Elijah the Great Forerunner
131
New Worlds and a New Tora
247
Messiah Dreams
265
Recapitulation
310
Maimonides on the Messiah
323
Grimmelshausens Account
339
Index
363
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Raphael Patai (1911-1996) was a prominent cultural anthropologist, historian, and biblical scholar of international reputation. He was the author of more than three dozen books on Jewish and Arab culture, history, politics, psychology, and folklore.

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