Abstract: A collection of sixteen articles delivered at Princeton University. The volume covers messianic expectations from biblical time up to modern and contemporaneous adaptations, whereby the focus lies on the messianic concept within Judaism: diversity and variety of messianic expectations in antiquity; messianic movements at the time of the Crusades and around the fifth millennium (1240); the 'Pseudo'-Messiah Sabbatai Zvi in the early modern period; the philosophers Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig and Walter Benjamin with respect to their thinking about messianism as well as the Lubavitch movement.
Keywords: book review, religion, waco, branch davidians.
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Title: Toward the Millennium: Messianic Expectations from the Bible to Waco
Editor: Peter Schafer, Mark R. Cohen
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Incorporated
Date Published: October 1998
ISBN: 9004110372
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Diversity and Interaction: Messiahs in Early Judaism

Messiahs and their Followers

Messianic Elements in the Prechristian Greco-Roman World

Midrash and Messianism: Some Theologies of Suffering and Salvation

Armilus: The Jewish Antichrist and the Origins and Dating of the Sefer Zerubbavel

Jewish Messianic Expectations towards 1240 and Christian Reactions

The Eschatological Imperative: Messianism and Holy War in Europe, 1260-1556

The Millennial Moment: Revolution and Radical Religion in Sixteenth-Century Spain

Saturn and Sabbatai Tzevi: A New Approach to Sabbateanism

The Engenderment of Messianic Politics: Symbolic Significance of Sabbatai Sevi's Coronation

Salvation through Philology: The Poetical Messianism of Quirinus Kuhlmann (1651-1689)

The Messianic Claim of Ghulam Ahmad

Messianism in the Political Culture of the Weimar Republic

Lines, Circles, Points: Messianic Epistemology in Cohen, Rosenzweig and Benjamin

The Lubavitch Messianic Resurgence: The Historical and Mystical Background 1939-1996

Patterns of the End: Textual Weaving from Qumran to Waco


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