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The Living Messiah of Brooklyn: Dealing with the theological postmortem legacy of the Chabad movement’s last Rebbe and final messianic redeemer.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Den levande Messias från Brooklyn : Om det teologiska arvet av Chabadrörelsens sista ledare, Rebben, som fortfarande uppfattas som världens sista messianistiska frälsare (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The Chassidic Chabad movement is one of Judaism’s most successful and influential groups interms of missionary presence around the world and distributed missionary material online.Chabad’s final Rebbe is still regarded by his followers to be the long-awaited final redeemerand Messiah, despite his clinical death in 1994. The aim of this study is to describe how theChabad-followers, through the movement’s publications, maintain the belief in the Rebbe asthe Jewish Messiah, and the theological interpretive tools utilized in order to ‘survive’ as aunited movement. The study indicates that Chabad is still a united and radical messianicmovement, wherein, internal theological mechanisms interpret the Rebbe as corporally alivebut concealed by illusion, and will soon be revealed or imminently resurrected to complete theredemption of the world. The study also discusses the movement’s extreme right-wingedpolitical stance in regards to the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, the movement’s Holocausttheology as means to further understand how the group ‘survived’ the cognitive dissonance thedeath of the Rebbe created and the theological similarities between Chabad and earlyChristianity.

Abstract [sv]

Den Chassidiska Chabadrörelsen är en av judendomens mest framgångsrika och inflytesrikanya religiösa rörelser när det gäller missionär närvaro runt om i världen och missionärt materialonline. Chabads sista Rebbe anses av hans anhängare att vara världens sista försonare ochMessias, trots hans uppenbara kliniska död år 1994. Denna studie beskriver hurChabadanhängare, genom rörelsens egna tryckta och online publikationer, upprätthåller tron påRebbe som den judiska messias och de teologiska tolkningsverktyg som rörelsen använder föratt ‘överleva’ som en enad grupp. Studien indikerar att Chabadrörelsen, ändå till våra dagar, ärenad och radikal-messianistisk där man genom interna teologiska mekanismer tolkar Rebbensom levande i materiell kropp, gömd genom illusion men snart uppenbarad eller snartåteruppväckt från de fysiskt döda och i båda fallen för att fullgöra världens försoning där Gudförsonar människan i den materiella världen. Studien diskuterar också rörelsens extremahögerpolitik, i synnerhet när det gäller Israel-Palestina konflikten och förintelseteologi som ettsätt att vidare förstå hur gruppen ‘överlevde’ den kognitiva dissonansen Rebbens död skapadei termer av misslyckad profetia och de teologiska likheterna mellan Chabadrörelsen och tidigkristendom.Nyckelord: NRR,

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2016. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
NRM, Judaism, Chassidism, Chabad, Messianism, Redemption, Rebbe, Final redeemer, Failed prophecy, Cognitive dissonance Lurianic Kabbala, Jewish theology, Christian theology, Holocaust theology, Political activism, Israel-Palestine conflict, 770 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn.
Keyword [sv]
NRR, Judendom, Chassidism, Chabad, Messianism, Försoningslära, Rebbe, Sista frälsaren, Misslyckad profetia, Kognitiv dissonans, Luriansk Kabbala, Judisk teologi, Kristen teologi, Förintelseteologi, politisk aktivism, Israel-Palestina konflikten, 770 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-123535OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-123535DiVA: diva2:946503
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Theology
Educational program
Theology Programme - Bachelor Education
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Available from: 2016-07-06 Created: 2016-07-05 Last updated: 2016-07-06Bibliographically approved

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