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Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism

edited by Michael L. Morgan & Steven Weitzman

contributions by Elisheva Carlebach, Emily Kopley, Cosana Eram, Matt Goldish, Shai Held, Motti Inbari, Martin Kavka, Shaul Magid, Benjamin Pollock, Annette Reed, Kenneth Seeskin, David Shatz & Menachem Kellner

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2014
History, Philosophy
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Over the centuries, the messianic tradition has provided the language through which modern Jewish philosophers, socialists, and Zionists envisioned a utopian future. Michael L. Morgan, Steven Weitzman, and an international group of leading scholars ask new questions and provide new ways of thinking about this enduring Jewish idea. Using the writings of Gershom Scholem, which ranged over the history of messianic belief and its conflicted role in the Jewish imagination, these essays put aside the boundaries that divide history from philosophy and religion to offer new perspectives on the role and relevance of messianism today.

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Contributor Notes

Michael L. Morgan is the Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Indiana University.

Steven Weitzman, the Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, is a scholar of the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism whose most recent publications include Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom and a second revised edition of The Jews: A History.

Editorial Reviews

[A]ppropriate for academic collections that are either comprehensive or include a specialization on messianism.Sept 2015

AJL Reviews


Lehrer and Meng have edited an important interdisciplinary work, which should make an immediate impact on the field of Polish Jewish Studies.

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