Jacob Frank

1726 - 1791

Jacob Frank

Jacob Joseph Frank (Hebrew: יעקב פרנק‎; Polish: Jakub Józef Frank; born Jakub Lejbowicz; 1726 – December 10, 1791) was an 18th-century Polish-Jewish religious leader who claimed to be the reincarnation of the self-proclaimed messiah Sabbatai Zevi (1626–1676) 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 neo-Carpocratian "purification through transgression".Frank arguably created a new denomination of Judaism, now referred to as Frankism, which incorporated some aspects of Christianity into Judaism. The development of Frankism was one of the consequences of the messianic movement of Sabbatai Zevi. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacob Frank has received more than 260,842 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 884th most popular religious figure.

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Among religious figures, Jacob Frank ranks 883 out of 2,001Before him are Antipope John XVI, Basil Fool for Christ, Angelo Scola, Mary Ann Nichols, Simeon of Jerusalem, and Peter Claver. After him are Antipope Felix II, Alessandro Valignano, Antipope Christopher, Antipope Dioscorus, Killing of Peter Fechter, and Johann Arndt.

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Among people born in 1726, Jacob Frank ranks 6Before him are François-André Danican Philidor, James Hutton, Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia, Maria Teresa Rafaela of Spain, and Gerard Majella. After him are Franz Joseph I, Prince of Liechtenstein, Prince Henry of Prussia, Maria Teresa Felicitas d'Este, Louise Henriette de Bourbon, Princess Louise of Denmark, and Charles Burney. Among people deceased in 1791, Jacob Frank ranks 6Before him are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, Grigory Potemkin, John Wesley, and Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy. After him are Étienne Maurice Falconet, Joseph Gaertner, Ignaz von Born, João de Loureiro, Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart, and Tomás de Iriarte y Oropesa.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Jacob Frank ranks 151 out of 764Before him are Roman Shukhevych (1907), Hayim Nahman Bialik (1873), Mikhail Kirponos (1892), Klaus Nomi (1944), Dmitry Bortniansky (1751), and Juliusz Słowacki (1809). After him are Jan Łukasiewicz (1878), Moshé Feldenkrais (1904), Ida Rubinstein (1883), Tamara Press (1937), Stanisław Żółkiewski (1547), and P. D. Ouspensky (1878).


Among religious figures born in Ukraine, Jacob Frank ranks 7Before him are Albertus Magnus (1206), Baal Shem Tov (1700), Nachman of Breslov (1772), Josaphat Kuntsevych (1580), Gertrude the Great (1256), and Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902). After him are Theodosius of Kiev (null), Lubomyr Husar (1933), Hilarion of Kiev (990), Filaret (1929), John of Shanghai and San Francisco (1896), and Marian Jaworski (1926).

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