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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
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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 Struggle over Images in the Propaganda of the Frankist Movement

The Struggle over Images in the Propaganda of the Frankist Movement

(p.105) The Struggle over Images in the Propaganda of the Frankist Movement
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Harris Lenowitz

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes a single aspect of an interrelated history — images of the messiah — as it relates to the interests of those involved in three messiah events. A Jewish ‘messiah event’ involves both the Jewish community — messiah, followers, and opponents — and the wider community within which they are located, which is, generally speaking, antagonistic, although occasionally it may include sympathizers and even supporters. Jewish supporters of a messiah and opponents from both communities alike make free use of one another’s traditions and documents relating to the messiah and millennial matters. A single religious context and a continuous history in Poland connect the messiah Shabbetai Tsevi with the messiah Jakub Frank and his daughter the messiah Eva Frank. Each group shares images throughout this history, including images of what is proper and sanctified and what is improper, despicable, and unholy, in a single stream fed by strange tributaries.

Keywords:   messiah, messianic images, Frankist movement, messiah events, Shabbetai Tsevi, Jakub Frank, Eva Frank, propaganda

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