The Messiah Texts

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Wayne State University Press, 1988 - Religion - 373 pages

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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Contents

Preface xiii
The Biblical Preamble
1
Preexistence and Names of the Messiah
16
The Ancestry of the Messiah
37
Counting the Days
54
Son of the Clouds
81
The Pangs of Times
95
The Mother of the Messiah
122
The Ingathering and the Return of the Shekhina 181
8
The Last Judgment 211
11
Miraculous Fertility 229
29
New Worlds and a New Tora 247
47
Messiah Dreams 265
65
Recapitulation 310
110
Prayers for the Coming of the Messiah 321
23
Grimmelshausens Account 339
39

Gog and Magog
145
Messiah ben Joseph 1 65
165

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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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