New York Subway Lost At Night (Messiah)

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Okay, it didn’t quite look like this at all, but this is definitely what it felt like travelling underground on the subway late last night on the way home after meeting up with a friend downtown. Engrossed deeply in Jacob Neusner’s Messiah in Context (1984), all of a sudden I looked up and realized that I was lost and disoriented. Physically exhausted and almost panicky, was I even on the right train? In the right place? Scholem was right. Messianism is first and foremost a theory of catastrophe.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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