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Nathan of Gaza

Nathan of Gaza (1643–80). A leader of the Jewish Shabbatean movement and kabbalist. Nathan studied the kabbalah of Isaac Luria and in 1665 had a vision of the divine world. As a result of this, he was convinced that Shabbetai Zevi was the messiah and that he was his prophet. Many legends were told of him, and his grave became a place of pilgrimage. His letters were much copied and circulated, and his kabbalistic system was explained in his Sefer ha-Beriah, written in 1670.

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