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Title: The birth pangs of the Messiah : transnational networks and cross-religious exchange in the age of Sabbatai Sevi
Author: Marriott, Brandon John
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 2823
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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Between 1648 CE and 1666 CE, news, rumours, and theories about the messiah and the Lost Tribes of Israel were disseminated amongst diverse populations of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Employing a world history methodology, this thesis follows three sets of such narratives that were spread through the American colonies, England, the Dutch Republic, the Italian peninsula and the Ottoman Empire, connecting people separated by linguistic, religious, national, and continental divides. This dissertation starts by situating this transmission within a broader context that dates back to 1492 CE and then traces the three-stage process in which eschatological constructs originating in the Americas in the 1640s were transmitted across Europe to the Levant in the 1650s, preparing the minds of Jews and Christians for the return of these ideas from the Ottoman Empire in the 1660s. In this manner, this study seeks to make three contributions to the existing literature. It brings together often isolated historiographies, it unearths fresh archival sources, and it provides a new conceptual framework. Overall, it argues that one cannot understand the growth of apocalyptic tension that reached its peak in 1666 without examining the major historical events and processes that began in 1492 and affected Jews, Christians, and Muslims across the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds.
Supervisor: Hotson, Howard Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ; Gerda Henkel Stiftung ; Rothschild Foundation
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History ; History of Britain and Europe ; Early Modern Britain and Europe ; Intellectual History ; International,imperial and global history ; Italian ; Latin ; Hebrew ; Sabbatai Sevi ; James Nayler ; Petrus Serrarius ; World History ; Transnational History ; networks ; Early Modern History ; Atlantic World ; Mediterranean World ; religion ; Apocalypticism ; Millenarianism ; Christianity ; Judaism ; Islam