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Nathan of Gaza
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[German Version]

(1643, Jerusalem, Israel – Jan 11, 1680, Skopje, Macedonia), the first prophet and main theologian of Shabbetaianism. After a meeting with Shabbetai Tzevi in Gaza in 1665, Nathan, a young scholar of I. Luria’s Kabbalah, declared that he had a revelation which identified Shabbetai Tzevi as the messiah, a claim that the latter had been making for years without any positive response. However, actual Shabbetaianism was only brought to life with Nathan’s prophecy, and Nathan became its spiritual and administrative lead…

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Dan, Joseph, “Nathan of Gaza”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024026>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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