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Hastening RedemptionMessianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel$
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Arie Morgenstern

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305784

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195305787.001.0001

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Belief in 5600 (1840) as the Year of Redemption

Belief in 5600 (1840) as the Year of Redemption

(p.23) 2 Belief in 5600 (1840) as the Year of Redemption
Hastening Redemption

Arie Morgenstern (Contributor Webpage)

, Joel A. Linsider
Oxford University Press

Various End-reckonings, based on both the Talmud and the Zohar, led to the conclusion that the Messiah would appear in 5600 A.M. (the six-hundredth year of the sixth millennium), corresponding to 1840 C.E. The firmly entrenched belief appears in documents from throughout the Jewish world: Persia and Kurdistan, Morocco, the Land of Israel, Eastern Europe (Hasidic and non-Hasidic alike), and Western Europe. The documents are relatively few, given the Jews’ reluctance to discuss such matters in writing, but it appears as well in accounts by Christian missionaries of their conversations with Jews in most of those areas.

Keywords:   End-reckoning, Talmud, Zohar, Persia, Kurdistan, Morocco, 5600, 1840

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