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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 Non-Christian Frankists

The Non-Christian Frankists

(p.131) The Non-Christian Frankists
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Jan Doktór

Liverpool University Press

This chapter argues that Jakub Frank never abandoned the main elements of his Częstochowa doctrine, which was based on the requirement of seeking the truth of salvation hidden in the Catholic faith. In practice, this truth took the form of anti-institutional Judaeo-Christianity. However, in order to convince those Frankists who remained in Islam or Judaism, Frank and his children had to admit that one could achieve salvation without changing officially practised religions. In the long term even this compromise was not enough to ensure the stability of the Frankist movement. The various conditions in which the different groups lived, and their gradual assimilation, meant that at the beginning of the nineteenth century the paths of the Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish Frankists diverged once again — and this time the split was final.

Keywords:   Frankist movement, non-Christian Frankists, Jakub Frank, Frankists, Judaeo-Christianity, Islam, Judaism, salvation

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