Title Thumbnail

Sabbatean Millenarianism In The Seventeenth Century

A Study of Moshe Abudiente's Fin de los Dias

Avi Elqayam

504 pages
Cherub Press

Sabbatean Millenarianism in the Seventeenth Century: A Study of Moshe Abudiente's Fin de los Dias, Avraham Elqayam המסע לקץ הימין: בשורת הגאולה השבתאית למשורר משה בן גדעון אבּודיֶנטֵי (Sources and Studies in the Literature of Jewish Mysticism 40), 504 pp., in Hebrew, ISBN 1-933379-35-9. Fin de los Dias (The End of Days) by Moshe Ben Gideon Abudiente (1610-1688) who braved the wrath of the Portuguese community leadership in the heyday of Sabbatai Sevi, and on a symbolic date, the tenth of Av, 1666, had this essay printed. The End of Days is a collection of Sabbatean homilies which Abudiente preached in Portuguese for the community of Sabbatean Believers, written down in his beloved Hebrew, then translated to Castilian, the language in which they were eventually printed. In this essay Abudiente publically proclaims that Sabbatai Sevi is the one who fulfilled all the messianic predictions of the Prophets of Israel. Abudiente challenges rabbinical Judaism as well as Millenary or Sebastianist Christianity, either of which would prefer to confine him, Abudiente, in the world of a ‘New Jew’ in the Diaspora of Amsterdam or Hamburg. In this book I call into question the prevalent conception that Kabbalah had a major role in introducing Sabbatean ideas to the Sephardic Diaspora in Northern Europe. My thesis is that it was the crisis perpetrated by the return of New Christians to Judaism which served as the psychological foundation to their striving to revitalise rabbinical Judaism and broaden its horizons. The Hebrew edition is critically annotated to facilitate understanding and accessibility. I have appended the Castilian version of his Fin de los Dias, as well as one chapter from The End of Days which has been edited and translated to French, and then translated by Scholem to Hebrew. Winner of the Shmuel Toledano Prize.


Uninsured shipments are sent at customer’s risk. Other forms and pricing is available for insured shipping. Please do not use an Institute or university address as many packages are lost and regular shipping is not insured. Before ordering, please note the language of the book as described below in each entry as all sales are final. Prepayment Required. Payment must be made in US dollars by Credit Card of Check with Computer readable routing numbers drawn on a US bank. All sales are final and subject to the policy, terms and conditions set out by Bookmasters for Cherub Press. Shipments are not insured unless requested. Cherub Press is not responsible for any losses occurring in transit whether by postal services, or private carriers. Shipments are sent at customer’s risk. All claims for damaged books must be reported to Bookmasters within 5 days of receipt of shipment at 1-800-247-6553. Customer must retain all original packaging. Other claims are not considered if made more than 60 days from date of order.

שימו לב שמשלוחים בדואר ישראל לא כוללים ביטוח ואין ההוצאה אחרית על איבוד המשלוח על ידי דואר ממשלתי או פרטי. מומלץ לא למסור כתובת של מוסד (מכון או אוניברסיטה) משום שהרבה משלוחים אובדים בדרך זו והאחריות מוטלת רק על הקונה. כדאי לבחור במשלוח מבוטח בתעריף אחר. אין ההוצאה אחרית על משלוחים לא מבוטחים.