The messianic journey of Jonathan ha-Kohen of Lunel to the Land of Israel re-examined

Ram Ben-Shalom*

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In 1210, thanks to increased contacts between Jewish communities in western Europe and in the eastern Mediterranean in the wake of the crusades, Jonathan ha-Kohen, head of the yeshivah of Lunel and leading Jewish Provençal sage of his time, set sail for Alexandria, from where he proceeded on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. A year later, a group of sages from northern France and England arrived in Marseille, en route to Palestine. A number of scholars have investigated the messianic aspects of this second wave of immigration, called the “‘ aliyah of the three hundred rabbis”. This article, however, seeks to examine the messianic aspects of the earlier journey, undertaken by Jonathan ha-Kohen and his followers, within their local Provençal context.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalMediterranean Historical Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018

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  • Crusades
  • Holy Land
  • Jews
  • Jonathan ha-Kohen
  • Maimonides
  • Mount of Olives
  • Provence
  • messianism
  • pilgrimage
  • yeshivah of Lunel


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