Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History

552 pages

April, 1992

ISBN: 9780814779439



Part of the Essential Papers on Jewish Studies series


Marc Saperstein, who previously held the first regular faculty appointment in Jewish Studies at Harvard divinity school, is currently Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought at Washington University in St Louis.

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The messianic idea that a redeemer sent by God will come to end the suffering of a persecuted people and inaugurate a new age of justice and peace has been one of the most powerful and influential concepts given by the Jewish people to western civilization. This book represents a sample of the most penetrating and provocative scholarly interpretations of Jewish messianic movement from various perspectives- historical, sociological, psychological, and religious.