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Luzzatto, Moshe Hayyim
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(1707, Padua – May 6, 1747, Akko) is regarded as one of the most influential figures in Jewish culture in early modern times. His poems and plays, written in the fashionable Italian allegorical manner of the time, placed him in the position of the first writer of modern Hebrew literature. With a small group of adherents Luzzatto established a mystical-messianic sect (Messiah/Messianism). He claimed that a maggid appeared to him in 1727, transmitting secrets, directing his actions, and instructing him in the composition of the new Zohar , the mystical work of the me…

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Dan, Joseph, “Luzzatto, Moshe Hayyim”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13299>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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