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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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Women in Sectarian Sabbatianism

Women in Sectarian Sabbatianism

(p.87) Four Women in Sectarian Sabbatianism
Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666 - 1816

Ada Rapoport-Albert

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at the evidence on the eruption of messianic prophecy during an early period, which suggests that women responded en masse to Sabbatai Zevi's tidings. It discusses women's particular receptivity to the Sabbatai Zevi's messianic call in light of the promises he made specifically to the female sex. It also mentions the adherence to the messianic faith that did not demand that the restraints of Jewish law be cast off or subverted, but instead called for repentance in entirely traditional terms. The chapter examines the first antinomian acts being ordered by Sabbatai Zevi that were not able to split the believers or generate any tension between their self-perception as pious Jews and the integrity of their Sabbatian faith. It discusses sectarian organizations in which Sabbatianism persisted throughout the eighteenth century in which the traditional barriers between men and women crumbled, both in theory and in practice.

Keywords:   messianic prophecy, Sabbatai Zevi, females, Jews, Sabbatianism, repentance, Sabbatian faith

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