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Messianic revolution : radical religious politics to the end of the second millennium

Author: David S Katz; Richard H Popkin
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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On April 19, 1993, at least seventy-four people lost their lives near Waco, Texas, in the confrontation between the followers of David Koresh and the federal agents outside his compound. These groups, clearly, inhabited two different conceptual worlds. Yet both then and now, it seemed that neither journalists nor law-enforcement experts nor the public was aware of the rich tradition of messianic, revolutionary
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David S Katz; Richard H Popkin
ISBN: 0809068850 9780809068852
OCLC Number: 39962218
Description: xxv, 303 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Renaissance messianism --
The messianic idea during the Reformation --
The messiah during the Thirty Years' War --
Measuring the apocalypse: Isaac Newton and the messiah --
The radical enlightenment --
Rapture, great disappointment, and Waco --
From British Israel to Christian identity and Aryan nation --
The end of the world and the nuclear messiah.
Responsibility: David S. Katz and Richard H. Popkin.
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On April 19, 1993, at least seventy-four people lost their lives near Waco, Texas, in the confrontation between the followers of David Koresh and the federal agents outside his compound. These groups, clearly, inhabited two different conceptual worlds. Yet both then and now, it seemed that neither journalists nor law-enforcement experts nor the public was aware of the rich tradition of messianic, revolutionary politics behind groups like Koresh's, a history that stretches back, unbroken, to the early Middle Ages.

In this study, two historians explore that tradition, showing how the beliefs of many fringe, distressed, disenfranchised, or purely mystical Christians and Jews have been transmitted across a millennium. Professors David Katz and Richard Popkin's Messianic Revolution offers a strong and lucid explanation of why and how this apocalyptic strain found especially fertile ground in the New World, and it throws new light on the many strands of biblical interpretation, both Jewish and Christian, that are woven into this complex history.

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