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- DescriptionIn 1994 the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, died leaving successor. For many years his followers had maintained that he was Moshiach -the Jewish Messiah and would usher in the Redemption. After his death Lubavitch divided into two opposing groups. While some messianists hold that the Rebbe died but is to be resurrected as the messiah, others hold that he is still alive, but concealed. The anti-messianists maintain that the Rebbe could have been Moshiach if God had willed it, but they disagree vehemently that as such he could come back from the dead. Using ethgraphic data obtained by the author through twenty years of fieldwork, this book presents a social-psychological account of Lubavitcher Messianism and moves beyond the typical scholarly preoccupation with belief and dissonance to examine the role of rhetoric, religious experience and ritual in maintaining counterintuitive convictions. Through examining the parallels between early Christianity and messianism in Lubavitch this book provides a comprehensive perspective for examining messianism generally.
- Author BiographySimon Dein is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Medicine at University College London, UK. He is author of Religion and Healing Among the Lubavitch Community in Stamford Hill, North London and has spent over fifteen years conducting fieldwork among Lubavitch Hasidim, both in London and New York.
- Author(s)Simon Dein
- PublisherContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication20/01/2011
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Series TitleContinuum Studies in Jewish Thought
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight451 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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