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The Political Messianic Idea Is An Incoherent Mess (Joseph Klausner)

Going in, I thought that reading Joseph Klausner’s The Messianic Idea in Israel from Its Beginning to the Completion of the Mishnah would be just a professional chore, a look at an antiquarian piece of ideological historiography. Yes, an oddball … Continue reading

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(My Working Will Be the Work) Maintenance Art and the Messianic (Mierle Laderman Ukeles)

As it turns out, Jewish ritual, the idea of the holy, informs much of this artist’s work and her thought. They cut against the grain of “messianism” in ways that are at once profound and ordinary. My introduction to her … Continue reading

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Judaism is Not A Messianic Religion (Jacob Neusner)

Jacob Neusner’s Messiah in Context: Israel’s History and Destiny in Formative Judaism should sheds a lot of critical light on the question of messianism that should be of cutting interest to anyone who works in the fields of modern Jewish … Continue reading

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Not-Messianic (Jewish History)

Working on a chapter revolving on messianism (or rather non- or anti-messianism) as a topos of “philosophical Talmud,” I’m embarrassed to say that I’m coming late to Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History (1992). Edited by … Continue reading

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Rethinking Jewish Messianism

What is one to conclude about Jewish messianism on the basis of Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism? An edited volume, the chapters are based on the proceedings from a working group run out of the Tikvah Fund over a … Continue reading

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New York Subway Lost At Night (Messiah)

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 … Continue reading

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(Apocalyptic) Glenn Beck Messiah (Popular Theopolitics)

I listened in to Glenn Beck on the radio somewhere in Pennsylvania this morning driving up to Syracuse. I never quite realized that there’s an aesthetic theology at work –prophetic, messianic, apocalyptic– that reminds me a lot of the political … Continue reading

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