Jacob Frank (יעקב פרנק Ya'akov Frank, Jakob Frank; (1726, Korolivka–December 10, 1791, Offenbach am Main) was an 18th century Jewish religious leader who claimed to be the reincarnation of the self-proclaimed messiah Sabbatai Zevi and also of the biblical patriarch Jacob. The Jewish authorities in Poland excommunicated Frank and his followers due to his heretical doctrines that included deification of himself as a part of a trinity and other controversial concepts such as "purification through transgression".
Frank arguably created a new religion, now referred to as Frankism, which combined some aspects of Christianity and Judaism. The development of Frankism was one of the consequences of the messianic movement of Sabbatai Zevi, the religious mysticism that followed violent persecution and socioeconomic upheavals among the Jews of Poland and Ukraine.
Read more about Jacob Frank: Historical Background, Early Life, The Anti-Talmudists, Declaration of Being A Successor To Sabbatai Zevi, Baptism of The Frankists, Prison and Later Days, Notable Sabbatian Teachers of Jakob Frank, Jacob Frank's Writings
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