Explaining the mystery of Shabbetai Tsvi.
From the Hasmoneans, to a famed poet, to the rabbi and imam who coauthored a book.
In the words of Gershom Scholem, “Nonsense based on me!”
Why did one great rabbi help a cantankerous social misfit and rabbinic genius tar a third rabbi as a heretic?
Conspiracy theories about the Dönme.
Zalman Shazar and Shabbetai Tsvi.
What happened after Shabbetai Tsvi chose conversion over death.
A new book tells their story.
Was the example of a failed Jewish messiah the inspiration for John Milton’s brief epic poem, Paradise Regained, published in 1671?