(PUBOxford University)"This welcome volume reviews Jewish messiahs and messianic movements from the Bible to Lubavitcher Rebbe. Generous extracts from original sources are provided. Lenowitz has synthesized many such texts, making this the standard English-language handbook on the subject,"---Religious Studies Review. 312 pages, softcover.
In this book, Harris Lenowitz explores the fascinating history of Jewish messianic movements. Looking in detail at all of the Jewish messiahs about whom anything is known, he introduces each of these figures in turn, and offers extensive excerpts of the original texts that tell their stories. The messiahs whom we meet in these pages range from the inspiring to the tragic and bizarre. By examining the messianic idea in the tradition which gave birth to it, Lenowitz both sheds new light on this engrossing aspect of Jewish history and provides a firmer basis for understanding contemporary messianic groups.