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Of Virgin Births, Illuminations, and Zaddiks: The Messianic Phenomenon in Jewish History
Start Date: 10/3/2012Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/3/2012End Time: 1:00 PM

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October 3: Two Slain Messiahs, Two Diverging Traditions: Jesus of Nazareth and Simon Bar Kokhba
A Brown Bag Series with Adam Mendelsohn and John Huddlestun
Jewish history has produced more than its share of messiahs. At times of trouble and torment, from biblical times until today, Jews have heralded a variety of individuals as messianic deliverers -- some well known, others obscure. In this brown bag, we will discuss the origins of the messianic concept in biblical tradition and then consider some examples of individual figures proclaimed - by themselves or others, or both - to be messiah. Topics discussed will include: Saul, the first king-messiah, tragically rejected by God; expectation of a future king in the prophetic corpus (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah); the case of Jesus of Nazareth in the gospels (did he himself claim to be messiah and if so, in what sense?); Bar Kochba's short-lived revolt under Roman rule and his image as both false messiah and national hero in Jewish tradition; the famous 17th movement focused around the controversial figure, Shabbetai Sevi, his unorthodox actions and contemporary attempts to explain these as messianic; and lastly, the more recent example (still making news) of the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, whose death in1994 has not deterred some of his followers from the belief that he in fact did not die and remains active (although hidden) as messiah in the world today, soon to usher in its redemption.
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Main Campus - Jewish Studies Center  (View Map)
96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC
Phone: (843) 953-5682
Room: Arnold Hall
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Name: Jewish Studies
Phone: (843)953-5682

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