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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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  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Prologue
  2. p. xix
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. The Biblical Preamble
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 2. Preexistence and Names of the Messiah
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  1. 3. Early Messiahs
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  1. 4. The Ancestry of the Messiah
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  1. 5. The Waiting
  2. pp. 42-53
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  1. 6. Counting the Days
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  1. 7. Hastening the End
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  1. 8. Son of the Clouds
  2. pp. 81-83
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  1. 9. The Bird's Nest
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  1. 10. Contest in Heaven
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  1. 11. The Pangs of Times
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  1. 12. The Suffering Messiah
  2. pp. 104-121
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  1. 13. The Mother of the Messiah
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  1. 14. Elijah the Great Forerunner
  2. pp. 131-144
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  1. 15. Gog and Magog
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  1. 16. Armilus
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  1. 17. Messiah ben Joseph
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  1. 18. Wars and Victories
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  1. 19. The Ingathering and the Return of the Shekhina
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  1. 20. The Triumph of the Lord
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  1. 21. Resurrection
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  1. 22. The Last Judgment
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  1. 23. Messianic Jerusalem
  2. pp. 220-228
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  1. 24. Miraculous Fertility
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  1. 25. The Banquet
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  1. 26. New Worlds and a New Tora
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  1. 27. Universal Blessings
  2. pp. 258-264
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  1. 28. Messiah Dreams
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  1. 29. The Modern Postlude
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  1. 30. Recapitulation
  2. pp. 310-320
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  1. Appendix I: Prayers for the Coming of the Messiah
  2. pp. 321-322
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  1. Appendix II: Maimonides on the Messiah
  2. pp. 323-327
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  1. Appendix III: A Messiah Catechism
  2. pp. 328-329
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  1. Appendix IV: The Pope's Letter
  2. pp. 330-331
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  1. Appendix V: A Messianic Disputation
  2. pp. 332-338
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  1. Appendix VI: Grimmelshausen's Account
  2. pp. 339-342
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  1. Epilogue
  2. p. 343
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  1. Chronological List of Sources
  2. pp. 344-347
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  1. Abbreviations and Annotated Bibliography
  2. pp. 348-362
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814341919
Related ISBN
9780814318508
MARC Record
OCLC
613801067
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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