Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666 - 1816 - Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (Paperback)Ada Rapoport-Albert (author)
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Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
- Joshua Schwartz, Ancient Traditions, New Conversations (Yeshiva University Law School blog)
'An important work in the
history of Sabbatianism and Jewish women's studies. Highly recommended.'
- Daniel Schiede, Association of Jewish Libraries Review
'To be congratulated for demonstrating that
Jewish messianic mysticism, far from being an arcane scholarly domain of
interest only to textual specialists, is a topic of key significance to anyone
interested in the processes through which the corporatist boundaries of
eighteenth-century European society travelled.'
- Adam Sutcliffe, Eighteenth-Century Studies
`A breakthrough in this field, interpreting previously known sources in a way that sets up new research areas that have been overlooked or ignored . . . a thorough analysis of sources. It is very well documented and very inspiring. The book should not only be studied by those who are interested in Sabbatianism and gender studies,
but also those interested in the historical study of religion, ideology, and ideas.'
- Michal Galas, H-Judaic
'A book of importance for
all those interested in gender issues related to Jews and Judaism, as well as
for those engaged in the study of Jewish mysticism. It further challenges
people engaged in the study of Jews and Judaism in the early modern period to
pay careful attention to the ways in which Sabbatian believers influenced
historical developments both in direct and dialectical ways.'
- Ira Robinson, IsraBlog: Canadian Institute for Jewish Research
'A fascinating book . . .
Rapoport-Albert shows with great scholarly detail that women were actively
involved in the Sabbatian movement . . . Some of the details in this volume are
startling, but the work opens up an intriguing and valuable window to the
status of women in east European Jewish life.'
- Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Journal
and brilliantly written . . . One aspect of Frankism on which Rapoport-Albert
is especially good is the peculiar tension between sexual libertinism and
- David Biale, Jewish Review of Books
'Not only breaks down many stereotypes about the
roles of women in Judaism and Jewish society, but it is also a major
contribution to understanding how Sabbatianism and Frankism spread and operated
. . . rich in original ideas and insights. While many of the topics call for
further research, the rich documentation Rapoport-Albert brings to bear on the
topics leave little room for doubt that a call for changed gender roles, to a
greater or lesser degree, was a central element in the Sabbatian and Frankist
movements. It is a very stimulating contribution to the literature on Kabbalah,
on modern religious movements, on gender history, as well as on conservative
- Shaul Stampfer, Religious Studies Review
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