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From Christianity to JudaismStory of Isaac Orobio de Castro$
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Yosef Kaplan

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780197100608

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780197100608.001.0001

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Isaac Orobio and Sabbateanism

Isaac Orobio and Sabbateanism

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(p.209) 8 Isaac Orobio and Sabbateanism
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From Christianity to Judaism
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Yosef Kaplan

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780197100608.003.0008

This chapter explores Isaac Orobio's views on Sabbateanism. The great stir raised in Amsterdam by the Sabbatean movement occurred in the third year of Isaac Orobio's residence there. The majority of the local Jewish population, Sephardim and Ashkenazim alike, were caught up in the ferment of messianic enthusiasm which was sweeping through the Jewish world. David Franco Mendes, in his Chronicle of the history of the Amsterdam community from its beginnings up to 1772, mentions a letter of Isaac Orobio in which he refuted the theory of Abraham Michael Cardoso regarding the supposed inevitability of the messiah's apostasy. This repudiation by Orobio is confirmed by two letters written in Spanish by Abraham Michael Cardoso, in which he violently assailed the Amsterdam philosopher. The implication of these letters is that Orobio denied the messianic claims of Sabbatai Ṣevi.

Keywords:   Isaac Orobio, Sabbateanism, Sabbatean movement, Jewish population, Sephardim, Ashkenazim, messianism, Abraham Michael Cardoso, messiah, Sabbatai Ṣevi

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