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Penn Lectures in Judaic Studies
From Jesus to Abraham Abulafia to Amnon Yitzhak: Why are Messiahs Needed?
Lecturer: Chaim (Harvey) Hames, Ben-Gurion University
Why and when did the figure of the messiah become so central? Are all messiahs false? We will look at some messianic claimants as a way to understand this phenomenon of Jewish messianism, how it developed in the Middle Ages, and why it is still relevant today.