Cresson, Warder (Israel, Michael Boaz)

   American religious zealot and Zionist. He was born in Philadelphia and emigrated to Palestine, where he converted to Judaism. On his return to the US he was declared insane by a court, but successfully appealed against the decision. He returned to Jerusalem as Michael Boaz Israel and undertook propaganda campaigns against Christian missionary groups and on behalf of the agricultural colonization by Jews of Palestine. Many of his writings were published in the journal The Occident.

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  • CRESSON, WARDER — (1798–1860), U.S. religious zealot, convert to Judaism, and visionary Zionist. Cresson, born into an old Philadelphia Quaker family, became successively a Shaker, a Mormon, a Millerite, and a Campbellite, while earning a living   as a farmer… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • PROSELYTES — There is ample evidence of a widespread conversion to Judaism during the period of the Second Temple, especially the latter part of the period, and the word ger, which in biblical times meant a stranger, or an alien, became synonymous with a… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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