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Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah (Bollingen Series, No. 93) Paperback – January 1, 1976

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"Immensely important and fascinating. . . . A monumental work of historical scholarship, which recounts in minute detail a moving tragedy of vast dimensions."--The New York Review of Books

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Messianic longing and expectation, always rife throughout Jewish history, have often found expression in movements prompted by messianic pretenders, forerunners, or prophets.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1030 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Revised ed. edition (January 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069101809X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691018096
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Dressler on March 4, 2000
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If a book is going to be 1000 pages, it had better have something awfully important to say. Luckily, this tome is an engrossing, heavily detailed account of Sabbatai Sevi, whose influence on Jewish history is usually underestimated. Scholem is the perfect author to write this book: he is the foremost expert on Kabbalah, which was a major influence on the movement. There are times when I felt the book was a little TOO heavy on detail; the book seemed to be dancing the line between dissertation and readable history book. I am glad it erred on the side of too much information, however, and Scholem's writing style (which can sometimes be awfully dense) is quite readable.
I strongly recommend this book. I recommend it to Jews who want to know about their history. I recommend it to Christians, since the parallels between Sevi and Jesus are many and deep. Lastly, I recommend it to anyone who has an eye for the tragic, who is prepared to read how human frailty can bring about great acheivements and the noblest of intentions can nearly destroy a people.
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How often does a scholar write a text that is uniformly considered definitive? Rarely. However, Scholem's work on Sabbatai Sevi is exactly that. So important is this text, that all other examinations before have fallen away and are no longer studied and almost all that came after are derivative. A brilliant scholar, the author goes to great depths, examining both the historical and philosophical underpinnings of Judaism's largest Messianic movement since Jesus.
The author rejects the traditional explanation that followers of Sevi were attracted to him because of the deprivation experienced by some Jews of the period. As Scholem points out, even wealthy communities of Jews in Amsterdam and Greece found him irresistible. Patterns of the growth of the movement are given great attention and are fascinating.
Many people are put off by the length of this work (almost 1000 pages of prose). However, the field is so vast, that a shorter book would not have done it justice. While somewhat esoteric, Sabbati Sevi provides a powerful window into a period of Jewish history given too little study.
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Sabbatai Sevi by Gershom Scholem is a quintessential study of a little understood episode in Jewish history. Often dismissed as a marginal incident supported by marginal players, Scholem systematically outlines the background and broad scope of the acsent and decline of the "mystical messiah" Sabbatai Sevi. Scholem provides rich detail of the intellectual and political climate that paved the way for a mass messianic movement that reached across world Jewry. He documents the level of support that Sabbatai Sevi enjoyed from a critical mass of world Jewish leaders, support that would later be retracted (and denied) after the decline of the movement.

The book is a challenging read for individuals without the academic background, but is nonetheless rewarding for those willing to work to digest the high-academic style of much of the writing. Like Scholem's other works, this book is a window to a world of Kabbalistic belief which historically existed in parallel to "traditional" Rabbinic Judaism, quietly passed down and further developed in the shadows. Most importantly, the book portrays the explosive mix of a powerfully appealing ideology with a cultural appetite driven by a sense of desperation.
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This story has everything: personal conflict, political overtones, romance, madness, coincidence, religion, intrigue and a surprise ending. Why does Hollywood recycle 60's TV shows and leave stories like this in the dustbin?
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This is a work that will take time to read as it is brimming with details and sources. I enjoyed it immensely as I found it both very interesting and helpful as I was researching Sabbtai Zvi for a written research project. A long, detailed study, but well worth the effort and read. Recommended for more serious readers and students.
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This is the definitive book about the 17th century Jewish mystic/messiah, Sabbatai Sevi, who convinced 1/3rd of European Jews to sell or give away all their possessions and follow him to Jerusalem. Unfortunately for him (and them), they were stopped by the Ottoman Turks and forced to convert to Islam or die. Sabbatai "donned the fez," as did most of his followers. While this may sound bizarre, and hardly worth reading about, the author manages to get us to understand the peculiar attraction (and personality) of this forgotten would-be messiah. Given the world in which we live, the more we understand about the motivations that would lead to this sort of event, the easier it will be to deal with the chaos and near-insanity into which the world has been plunged. It's main drawbacks are that it is very long, and probably more detailed than the average reader would prefer. Nevertheless, if you are interested in comparative religious history, this is a worthy addition to your collection.
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