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tian churches, and the conflicting claims of Catholic countries
over the Holy Places. With impeccable scholarship Minerbi has
drawn on a wealth of unpublished documents in the Vatican
archives as well as on diplomatic material in a number of Eu­
ropean capitals. His book is not only an important contribution
to scholarship on the Jewish State, but is also timely and ap­
propriate at a time when the interaction between religion and
politics in the Middle East is so significant.
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The P u r su i t o f H eresy: R a b b i M oses H a g i z a n d the Sabba tian C on ­
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by Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia University Press)
Through the life of Rabbi Moses Hagiz, Elisheva Carlebach
opens up the tumultuous world of post-Sabbatian Jewry in the
late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, a world strug­
gling to come to terms with the most widespread messianic
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