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Elisheva Carlebach

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084108

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084108.001.0001

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The Last Deception

The Last Deception

Conversion and the Endtime

(p.67) Chapter 4 The Last Deception
Divided Souls

Elisheva Carlebach

Yale University Press

This chapter talks about the Jews' central role in the Christian drama of the end of time, also known as the endtime. It first reveals that the Christians accused the Jews of claiming to be world redeemers, which subsequently affected the Christian perception of Jewish conversion. It then looks at the topic of Jews claiming to be false messiahs in the early contemporary German literature, penned by missionaries, converts, and Christian polemicists. It looks at failed Jewish messianic movements, Antonius Margaritha's example of a convert's polemic opposing the Jewish messianic beliefs, and the actions of Sabbatai Levi's messianic movement. The chapter concludes with a look at how Pietist founder Jakob Spencer reviewed (yet hardly did anything to realize) the mass Jewish conversion question.

Keywords:   endtime, Christians, Jews, world redeemers, Jewish conversion, false messiahs, Sabbatai Levi, Jakob Spencer

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