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740 ABU ISA AL-ISFAHNI " FALSE PROPHET" (Ispahan, Persia)

Aka Isaac ibn Jacob al-Isfahani. Although he did not claim to be the Messiah, (rather the (Dai) precursor to the Messiah), he began to preach a national Messianic movement, much to the anger of Caliph Marwan II (744 - 750) and Al-Mansur (d. 775). It is likely that the upheaval in the Moslem world prompted his belief that the great war of Gog and Magog was upon them, signifying the end of days. His sect the first in Judaism since destruction of the temple, was known as the Isawiyya (Isawites) and had slight deviations from traditional Judaism. He banned divorce, and instituted additional prayers, but kept the traditional calendar. Although he was killed in his uprising against the Caliph Al -Mansur, his sect continued for about 200 years.


740 EGBRIGHT

Archbishop of York ordered all “good Christians" not to eat together with a Jew.


740 - 1259 KINGDOM OF KHAZAR

The King Bulan converted his people to a vague form of Judaism ("religion of Abraham") after ordering a disputation between the three major monotheistic faiths. Ibn Shaprut, the foreign minister for Abd ar-Rahman of Cordova, corresponded with King Joseph (960). Most of our knowledge of the Khazars is based on these letters. The Khazars were eventually overcome by the Mongols under Genghis Khan. With the spread of Christianity by the Russians, many Khazars were forcibly baptized. The rest fled. Some went into northern Hungary where villages still have names such as Kozar and Kozardie. Tshagataish, the language of the Khazar Jews, is spoken by the few remaining Jewish Krimtchaki of the Crimea. The Khazars' campaign against the Muslims (730-740) succeeded in checking the Muslim advance on the eastern flank of Europe. The Khazars succeeded in defending themselves for 500 years against Muslims, Byzantines and Russians.


C. 740 - C. 815 MASHALLAH IBN ATHARI (Persia)

Astrologer, astronomer, and mathematician. He served as a court astrologer for the Abbasid caliphate. His treatise on math, De Mercibus (On Prices) is one of the oldest known scientific works extant in Arabic. His essay on the astrolabe is also one of the first of its kind. The Caliph al- Mansur appointed him along with the Persian astronomer Naubakht Ahvazi determine the most fortuitous time to begin to build his new capital the cityת Baghdad (see 763). A crater on the moon, Messala, is named after him.


746 January 18, - 749 SERIES OF MAJOR EARTHQUAKES (Eretz Israel)

Were reported over these three years .The focus was the in Judean desert, the rift valley, Jordan valley and Jerusalem. Another major earthquake hit the region two years later (see 749).


749 January 18, MAJOR EARTHQUAKE ( Eretz Israel)

Estimated reaching 7.6 on the Richter scale one hit Bet She'an, Tiberius, Hippos (Sussita), and Beit Alpha causing almost total destruction in some areas. It is known as Ra'ash Shevi'it, lit. "Seventh noise" since it happened during the sabbatical year.




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