The expulsion and the search for the Ten Tribes

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There was no marked difference in messianic fervor in pre-expulsion time and after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. The interest in the Ten Tribes from which the messiah was promised in pre-expulsion times grew at the end of the 14th century as a result of trade with the East. After the expulsion, the Jewish leader Abravanel transformed the rumors of the Ten Tribes into a complete picture of the coming redemption to comfort the exiles. However, messianic energy was dissipated in writing about the messiah and searching for rumors. Consequently, a search for the ten tribes was never undertaken.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-147
JournalJudaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992


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