By Pawel Maciejko

The pronouncements of Sabbatai Tsevi (1626–76) gave upward thrust to Sabbatianism, a key messianic circulation in Judaism that unfold throughout Jewish groups in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. The stream, which featured a collection of theological doctrines during which Jewish Kabbalistic culture merged with Muslim and later Christian components, suffered a setback with Tsevi’s conversion to Islam in 1666. still, for one more hundred and fifty years, Sabbatianism endured to exist as a heretical underground circulation. It provoked excessive competition from rabbinic experts for an additional century and had an important influence on primary advancements of later Judaism, akin to the Haskalah, the Reform circulation, Hasidism, and the secularization of Jewish society.

This quantity presents a range of the main unique and influential texts composed through Sabbatai Tsevi and his fans, complemented by way of fragments of the works in their rabbinic competitors and modern observers and a few literary works encouraged via Sabbatianism. An advent and annotations by means of Pawe Maciejko offer old, political, and social context for the records.

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