By Martin Mulsow, Richard H. Popkin
This quantity bargains with conversions to Judaism from the sixteenth to the 18th century. It offers six case stories via prime overseas students on phenomena as crypto-Judaism, ''judaizing,'' reversion of Jewish-Christian converts and mystery conversion of non-Jewish Christians for highbrow purposes. the 1st contributions research George Buchanan and John Dury, by way of 3 reports of the milieu of overdue seventeenth-century Amsterdam. The final essay is worried with Lord George Gordon and Cabbalistic Freemasonry. The contributions may be of curiosity for highbrow historians, but in addition historians of political concept or Jewish experiences. individuals contain: Elisheva Carlebach, Allison P. Coudert, Martin Mulsow, Richard H. Popkin, Marsha Keith Schuchard, and Arthur Williamson
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22 Spinoza’s patron, Peter Serrarius, who reports that when strange things appeared in the sky, or a two-headed cow is born, he would rush to the synagogue to discuss these omens, and to do kabbalistic calculations with the rabbis. His picture is that the synagogue was open to him all the time and that he was always welcome. 23 The Sephardic synagogue refused to do anything for him. He encountered some Dutch Millenarians who took him to Serrarius’s house, where they had happy discussions about theology.
The Dutch Collegian leader, Adam Boreel, came to London and had parties for Menasseh. Scholars like Henry More and Ralph Cudworth came to meet him. His stay in England, which lasted about twenty months, was a genuine Jewish-Christian enterprise in which there was no attempt from the leadership in England in Church and State to convert Menasseh. He consulted with people in Oxford and Cambridge. 17 Otherwise, in eﬀect, a Jew could co-exist in England with the Christians without any problem and they could share ideals.
This book was set forth with a wild millenarian preface by Dury as a fundraiser for a new educational system in the Massachusetts colonies to train the Jewish Indians. Harvard was to be the center of this. 13 Menasseh took a minimalist stand on the Jewish Indian matter, holding that the evidence was that a part of the lost tribe may have been contacted, but that other inhabitants of the New World may have other origins and destinies altogether. Menasseh’s work was written and published in Spanish.