Eldad Ha-Dani and the Return of the Ten Lost Tribes
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Claiming to have come from the lost tribe of Dan, Eldad startled the Jewish world of the ninth century. Later on, his stories infused Jewish messianism with the dramatic scenario of the return of the ten lost tribes. But did he share this vision, or did he have a different image of the end of times?
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.
Micha J. Perry
University of Haifa
Micha J. Perry is a senior lecturer for medieval Jewish history in the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. His current research focuses on the social history of Jews and languages during the Middle Ages with an emphasis on bilingualism, documentary culture, and identity
Perry received his PhD in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has taught at UCLA and at Yale University.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.