Disputed Messiahs: David Reuveni, Solomon Molkho, and Their Jewish and Christian Audiences

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
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In the 1520s and 30s, two self-professed Jewish messiahs toured Europe and garnered wide attention among both Jews and Christians. What were their goals and background and who were their followers?

About the “Messiahs and Messianism” Series

How did Jews in the past envision and enact messianic futures? Did the appearance of a messianic figure always stand in tension with normative Judaism—and how were such figures received by non-Jews? What traditions and ideas did Jews from the ancient through the early modern world draw on in building messianic movements and myths? Spanning the first through the nineteenth centuries, this series explores the background and outlook of Jewish messianic actors and thinkers, including familiar names and those who are less well known.


About the image above: Illustration from Account of a Journey from Venice to Palestine, Mount Sinai and Egypt (German, ca. 1467), British Library, Egerton 1900, courtesy of PublicDomainReview.org.


Rebekka Voß

Goethe University

Rebekka Voß teaches Jewish history in Frankfurt. Her research focuses on Jewish cultural history in early modern Europe, with special attention to cultural transfer between Jews and Christians.

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