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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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The Messiah Son of Joseph according to Rabbi Zaddok Hacohen

The Messiah Son of Joseph according to Rabbi Zaddok Hacohen

(p.213) The Messiah Son of Joseph according to Rabbi Zaddok Hacohen
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Roland Goetschel

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers the writings of Rabbi Zaddok Hacohen Rabinowitz on the messiah son of Joseph. One of the most fascinating aspects of his work is the importance he attributes to historiosophy. It is within the context of these historiosophical considerations that this chapter situates his thinking on the messiah son of Joseph. For Zaddok, as indeed for his predecessors, everything begins with the sin committed by Adam, which led to the confusion between good and evil. From then on the entire history of mankind is to be considered an undertaking aimed at discerning and discriminating between good and evil. The chapter goes on to introduce a paradox: according to Zaddok, Joseph himself sought to become the messiah son of Joseph.

Keywords:   Zaddok Hacohen Rabinowitz, messiah son of Joseph, Joseph, messiah, historiosophy, Jewish tradition

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