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Dissident Rabbi: The Life of Jacob Sasportas

Yaacob Dweck


In 1665, Sabbetai Zevi, a self-proclaimed Messiah with a mass following throughout the Ottoman Empire and Europe, announced that the redemption of the world was at hand. As Jews everywhere rejected the traditional laws of Judaism in favor of new norms established by Sabbetai Zevi, and abandoned reason for the ecstasy of messianic enthusiasm, one man watched in horror. This book tells the story of Jacob Sasportas, the Sephardic rabbi who alone challenged Sabbetai Zevi's improbable claims and warned his fellow Jews that their Messiah was not the answer to their prayers. The book brings to life t ... More

Keywords: Sabbetai Zevi, self-proclaimed Messiah, redemption, Jacob Sasportas, Jewish Diaspora, spiritual leader, Jews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691183572
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yaacob Dweck, author
Princeton University