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Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666 - 1816$
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Ada Rapoport-Albert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764807

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764807.001.0001

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Female Prophets in Sabbatianism

Female Prophets in Sabbatianism

(p.15) One Female Prophets in Sabbatianism
Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666 - 1816

Ada Rapoport-Albert

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the active participation of numerous women in the phenomenon of Sabbatian prophecy. It reviews a variety of sources that complement and corroborate each other in order to describe women as having visions and prophesying about the messianic mission of Sabbatai Zevi. It also talks about the women's status as prophets and the nature of their prophecies that are distinguished from those of the great exponents of Sabbatian kabbalah, such as Nathan of Gaza or Abraham Miguel Cardozo. The chapter focuses on accounts of prophesying by women that appear in the context of mass outbursts of prophetic frenzy, in which unlettered men and children also took part. It analyses the prophecies of women that were not perceived as ordered speculative teachings and did not amount to any coherent, personal verbal expression.

Keywords:   Jewish women, Sabbatian prophecy, Sabbatai Zevi, Nathan of Gaza, Abraham Miguel Cardozo

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