Sabbatai Zevi, The False Messiah of Transgression w/ Dr. David Halperin

Sabbatai Zevi was a 17th century religious leader who claimed to be the Jewish messiah. His movement and influence was huge at the time, and while he’s mostly forgotten today he was a major figure. While mostly understood as a scoundrel he’s a fascinating figure and mystics and Gnostics of all kinds will at least appreciate the shocking theological speculation and Kabbalah that surrounded him (though maybe he should be understood as a cautionary figure for all on the religious path). Scholar of Jewish mysticism Dr. David Halperin joins us once more to talk about Zevi and some related thinkers from his movement.

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