RE: [XTalk] Fwd: "Mosiach is here now: just open your eyes and you can see him "
- Bob Schacht observes:
>>Here's an interesting study of Messianism in recent history: ..."It is unknown in the history of Judaism to hold that the religious leader
is God and to this extent the [Lubavitch Hasidim in Stamford Hill] group is
unique. There are certain Christian elements which apparently inform the
messianic ideas of this group."<<
I think that possible Christian influence is also evidenced by the accounts
Gershom Scholem provides of medieval Jewish mystical and messianic groups
For example, expectation of a Davidic messiah seems to be quite common among
modern and medieval Jews (I hear it stated time and again on Jewish bulletin
boards, stated by Jewish participants - although not Lubavitchers as far as
I recall), yet some modern critics think that this was NOT a well entrenched
ancient Jewish concept.
Yet, if medieval and modern Jews express it, does that mean Judaism has
assimilated this concept from Christianity, or does it mean Christianity
assimilated it from ancient Judaism(s), or was the idea independently
developed by both Jews and Christians ("independence," of course, can mean
either accidental development of similar ideas or both created similar ideas
in reaction to common influences)?
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