Raphael Patai (1911-1996) was a prominent cultural anthropologist, historian, and biblical scholar of international reputation. He was the author of more than three dozen books on Jewish and Arab culture, history, politics, psychology, and folklore.
For anyone who is curious about Jewish Messianism, Raphael Patai's
The Messiah Texts is absolutely indispensable. . . Valuable and
A haunting, seductive, and excellent book . . . An accessible documentation of one people's ancient and ongoing millenarian quest.--Journal of American Folklore