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Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666 - 1816

Ada Rapoport-Albert


Women are conspicuously absent from the Jewish mystical tradition. The chance survival of scant evidence suggests that, at various times and places, individual Jewish women did pursue the path of mystical piety or prophetic spirituality, but it appears that they were generally censured, and efforts were made to suppress their activities. This contrasts sharply with the fully acknowledged prominence of women in the mystical traditions of both Christianity and Islam. It is against this background that the mystical messianic movement centred on the personality of Sabbatai Zevi (1626–1676) stands ... More

Keywords: Jewish women, Jewish mystical tradition, mystical messianic movement, Sabbatai Zevi, Sabbatianism, messianic prophetesses, kabbalah, messianic community, subjugation, childbirth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764807
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ada Rapoport-Albert, author