Prossnitz, Lobele

(c.1670-1730)
   Moravian preacher and miracle worker. Born in Uhersky Brod, he settled in Prossnitz. He underwent a spiritual trans-formation, and studied the Mishnah, the Zohar and kabbalistic writings. He claimed that in his study of kabbalah he was accompanied by the souls of Isaac Luria and Shabbetai Tievi, and predicted the return of Shabbetai Tzevi in 1706. He was criticized by the Moravian rabbis, but continued to preach in Austria and Germany. Later he claimed to be the Messiah ben Joseph. He subsequently lived in Hungary.

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