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Background of the Early-Nineteenth-Century Messianic Awakening

Arie Morgenstern

in Hastening Redemption

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195305784
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195305787.003.0001
 Background of the Early-Nineteenth-Century Messianic Awakening

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Profound changes in late 18th- and early 19th-century European and Jewish history persuaded many traditional Jews around the world that the redemption was at hand and that they were living in the times of the “Footsteps of the Messiah”. Among the changes in response to that sense was a growth in messianic activism, especially on the part of the Perushim; the activism was grounded in the belief that it was proper for Jews to take steps, both spiritual and practical, to hasten the End-time. Those steps included an effort to locate the lost Ten Tribes of Israel, whose discovery would be seen as a further harbinger of the Messiah’s imminent appearance.

Keywords: Napoleonic wars; French Revolution; reform Judaism; Footsteps of the Messiah; End-time; Three Oaths; Perushim; Ten Tribes of Israel

Chapter.  10194 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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