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Reuveni, David
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[German Version]

From c. 1525 until 1538, Reuveni made a name for himself with an invented identity. His adopted name suggested a lineage from the ten lost tribes of Israel; his actual origins remain unknown. He proposed to unite his “savage tribes” with the forces of the Christian world, against the Turks. In an age of chiliastic expectations (Eschatology: VIII, 2), this adventurer succeeded in meeting with Pope Clement VII and King JohnIII of Portugal. He was able to rally many Portuguese Marran…

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Carlebach, Elisheva, “Reuveni, David”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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