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Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is a modern syncretic religious movement that combines Christianity—most importantly, the Christian
Christian
belief that Jesus
Jesus
is the Messiah—with elements of Judaism
Judaism
and Jewish tradition,[1][2][3][4][5] its current form emerging in the 1960s and 1970s.[1][2][6][7][8][9][10][11] Messianic Judaism
Judaism
believes that Jesus
Jesus
is the Jewish Messiah
Messiah
and "God the Son" (one person of the Trinity), and that the Hebrew
Hebrew
Bible, Old Testament, and New Testament
New Testament
are all authoritative scriptures.[12][13][14][15] Salvation in Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is achieved only through acceptance of Jesus
Jesus
as one's savior,[8][13][14][15][16][17] and Jewish laws or customs which are followed do not contribute to salvation.[16][17] Belief in the messiahship of Jesus, his power to save, and his divinity are the defining distinctions between Christianity
Christianity
and Judaism.[18][19][20][21][22][23] Other Christian
Christian
groups usually accept Messianic Judaism
Judaism
as a form of Christianity.[24] Many adherents of Messianic Judaism
Judaism
are ethnically Jewish[25] and argue that the movement is a sect of Judaism.[26] Many refer to themselves in Hebrew
Hebrew
as maaminim (believers), not converts, and yehudim (Jews), not notzrim (Christians).[27] Jewish organizations and the Supreme Court of Israel
Supreme Court of Israel
have rejected this claim in cases related to the Law of Return, and instead consider Messianic Judaism
Judaism
to be a form of Christianity.[18][28] From 2003 to 2007, the movement grew from 150 Messianic houses of worship in the United States to as many as 438, with over 100 in Israel
Israel
and more worldwide; congregations are often affiliated with larger Messianic organizations or alliances.[29][30] As of 2012[update], population estimates for the United States were between 175,000 and 250,000 members, between 10,000 and 20,000 members for Israel, and an estimated total worldwide membership of 350,000.[31]

Contents

1 Terminology 2 History

2.1 Pre-19th century 2.2 19th and early 20th centuries 2.3 The modern-day Messianic Jewish movement: 1960s to present

2.3.1 Transformation to a Jewish identity and culture 2.3.2 Foundational leaders

2.3.2.1 Manny Brotman 2.3.2.2 Martin and Yohanna Chernoff 2.3.2.3 Raymond Gannon 2.3.2.4 Daniel Juster

2.3.3 Foundational Messianic Jewish congregations

2.3.3.1 First Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Church, Chicago, Illinois 2.3.3.2 Beth Messiah
Messiah
Congregation, Rockville, Maryland 2.3.3.3 Beth Messiah, Cincinnati, Ohio 2.3.3.4 Beth Yeshua, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2.3.3.5 Ahavat Zion Synagogue, Santa Monica, California

2.3.4 Messianic Organizations: MJAA, UMJC, IAMCS, Tikkun International 2.3.5 Conclusion

3 Messianic Seal of Jerusalem 4 Theology and core doctrines

4.1 God
God
and Jesus

4.1.1 The Trinity 4.1.2 Jesus

4.2 Scriptures and writings

4.2.1 The Bible 4.2.2 Jewish oral tradition 4.2.3 Messianic Bible translations 4.2.4 Messianic publications 4.2.5 Attitudes toward Paul

4.3 Sin
Sin
and atonement 4.4 Evangelism and attitudes toward Jews
Jews
and Israel

4.4.1 One Law theology 4.4.2 Two House theology 4.4.3 Supersessionism

4.5 Eschatology 4.6 Torah
Torah
observance

5 Religious practices

5.1 Sabbath and holiday observances 5.2 Dietary laws 5.3 Conversion to Messianic Judaism

5.3.1 Baptism 5.3.2 Circumcision

5.4 Use of Hebrew
Hebrew
names and vocabulary in English

6 Culture

6.1 Music

7 Reception of the movement

7.1 Reception among mainstream Christianity 7.2 Reception among Jews 7.3 Response of Israeli government 7.4 Response of U.S. governments

8 Messianic organizations

8.1 Affiliated organizations

9 See also 10 Notes 11 Sources 12 Further reading 13 External links

13.1 Criticism

Terminology The term Messianic Judaism
Judaism
was coined by members of Protestant communions at the turn of the 20th century to designate those Jews
Jews
who had embraced Protestant Christianity
Christianity
but wished to maintain some Jewish customs and rites, such as observance of the Sabbath on Friday night-Saturday night, the wearing of prayer shawls, dietary regulations, and circumcision for sons.[32] History Pre-19th century Efforts by Jewish Christians
Jewish Christians
to proselytize Jews
Jews
began in the first century, when Paul the Apostle
Paul the Apostle
preached at the synagogues in each city that he visited.[33] However, non-biblical accounts of missions to the Jews[34] do not mention converted Jews
Jews
playing any leading role in proselytization.[35] Notable converts from Judaism
Judaism
who attempted to convert other Jews
Jews
are more visible in historical sources beginning around the 13th century, when Jewish convert Pablo Christiani attempted to convert other Jews. This activity, however, typically lacked any independent Jewish- Christian
Christian
congregations, and was often imposed through force by organized Christian
Christian
churches.[36] 19th and early 20th centuries Main article: Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Movement In the 19th century, some groups attempted to create congregations and societies of Jewish converts to Christianity, though most of these early organizations were short-lived.[37] Early formal organizations run by converted Jews
Jews
include: the Anglican London
London
Society for promoting Christianity
Christianity
among the Jews
Jews
of Joseph Frey
Joseph Frey
(1809),[38] which published the first Yiddish New Testament
New Testament
in 1821;[39] the "Beni Abraham" association, established by Frey in 1813 with a group of 41 Jewish Christians
Jewish Christians
who started meeting at Jews' Chapel, London
London
for prayers Friday night and Sunday morning;[40] and the London
London
Hebrew Christian
Christian
Alliance of Great Britain founded by Dr. Carl Schwartz in 1866.[41] The September 1813 meeting of Frey's "Beni Abraham" congregation at the rented "Jews' Chapel" in Spitalfields
Spitalfields
is sometimes pointed to as the birth of the semi-autonomous Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
movement within Anglican and other established churches in Britain,[42] though the non-Anglican minister of the chapel at Spitalfields
Spitalfields
evicted Frey and his congregation only three years later, and Frey severed his connections with the Society.[43] A new location was found and the Episcopal Jew's Chapel Abrahamic Society registered in 1835.[44] In Eastern Europe, Joseph Rabinowitz
Joseph Rabinowitz
established a Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian mission and congregation called "Israelites of the New Covenant" in Kishinev, Ukraine in 1884.[45][46][47][48][49][50] Rabinowitz was supported from overseas by the Christian
Christian
Hebraist Franz Delitzsch, translator of the first modern Hebrew
Hebrew
translation of the New Testament.[51] In 1865, Rabinowitz created a sample order of worship for Sabbath morning service based on a mixture of Jewish and Christian elements. Mark John Levy pressed the Church of England
England
to allow members to embrace Jewish customs.[47] In the United States, a congregation of Jewish converts to Christianity
Christianity
was established in New York City
New York City
in 1885.[52] In the 1890s, immigrant Jewish converts to Christianity
Christianity
worshiped at the Methodist "Hope of Israel" mission on New York’s Lower East Side while retaining some Jewish rites and customs.[53] In 1895, the 9th edition of Hope of Israel's Our Hope magazine carried the subtitle "A Monthly Devoted to the Study of Prophecy and to Messianic Judaism", the first use of the term "Messianic Judaism".[54][55] Hope of Israel was controversial; other missionary groups accused its members of being Judaizers, and one of the two editors of Our Hope magazine, Arno C. Gaebelein, eventually repudiated his views and, as a result, was able to become a leader in the mainstream Christian
Christian
evangelical movement.[54] In 1894, Christian
Christian
missionary[56] and Baptist minister[57] Leopold Cohn, a convert from Judaism, founded the Brownsville Mission to the Jews
Jews
in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York as a Christian
Christian
mission to Jews. After several changes in name, structure and focus, the organization is now called Chosen People Ministries[56] and has operations and staff in the U.S. and 11 other nations.[58] Missions to the Jews
Jews
saw a period of growth between the 1920s and the 1960s.[1][59] In the 1940s and '50s, missionaries in Israel, including the Southern Baptists, adopted the term meshichyim (משיחיים "Messianics") to counter negative connotations of the word notsrim (נוצרים "Christians", from "Nazarenes"); the term was used to designate all Jews
Jews
who had converted to Protestant evangelical Christianity.[8] The modern-day Messianic Jewish movement: 1960s to present The modern day Messianic Jewish movement is considered by many to have begun in the United States in the 1960s and maybe even more specifically in 1967.[60][61][62][63] Mark Kinzer writes: “The cultural ferment of the 1960s threw Hebrew
Hebrew
Christians in America and their institutions into the same turmoil that characterized the rest of American society. Three factors played an especially important part in turning their world upside down: a social movement (i.e., the youth counterculture), a cultural trend (i.e., ethnic self-assertion and pride), and a political-military event (i.e., the Six-Day War).”[64] The Six-Day war (The Arab-Israeli war of June 5 to June 10, 1967) brought Jerusalem
Jerusalem
back under Jewish control.[65][better source needed] This was seen as a fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy: “ Jerusalem
Jerusalem
will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”(Luke 21:24 TLV)[66][67][68][69] The social and cultural movements can be seen in the Jesus
Jesus
movement which had its “beginning on the West Coast of the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s and spreading primarily throughout North America, Europe, and Central America, before subsiding by the late 1980s. Members of the movement were called Jesus
Jesus
people, or Jesus freaks. Its predecessor, the Charismatic Movement, had already been in full swing for about a decade. It involved mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics who testified to supernatural experiences similar to those recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, especially speaking in tongues. Both these movements were calling the church back to what they called primitive Christianity
Christianity
and recovery of the gifts of the Spirit.”[70][better source needed] “According to author Peter Hocken, ‘The new thrust that turned Hebrew
Hebrew
Christians into Messianic Jews
Jews
was distinctly charismatic.’ This reflected the influence of the charismatic Jesus
Jesus
movement at the same period.”[71] The social, cultural and political environment in the United States created this very unique climate in which the modern Messianic movement was birthed. It was born among the young Jews
Jews
and gentiles who had experienced a great awakening.[72] This was most evident in the youthful surge experienced in the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Alliance (HCAA) that resulted in the formation of the Young Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian Alliance.[73] Joe and Debbie Finkelstein along with Manny Brotman were the primary leaders of this movement. At the 1971 HCAA conference “the number of young people equaled the number of older members.”[74] As such this movement was seen as a fulfillment of the Ezekiel 37 Dry Bones prophecy where verses 1 through 8 apply to the establishment of Israel
Israel
as a nation when the bones come together and verses 8 through 14 when life is given to the bones. Transformation to a Jewish identity and culture Prior to this time Jewish believers, had in most cases, assimilated into gentile Christianity, losing their Jewish identity and not passing on their Jewish heritage to their children. Now there seemed to be a greater desire and urgency among the young believers to maintain not only their individual Jewish identity[75] but to celebrate their Jewish traditions and culture with their families and Jewish friends.[76] Understanding Jesus
Jesus
within his historical Jewish context was of great importance as well as seeing Jesus
Jesus
within modern day Judaism
Judaism
especially in the observance of the Shabbat
Shabbat
and the celebration of the festivals.[77] This conflict of identity as a Hebrew- Christian
Christian
and passion for their Jewish identity was summed up by Paul Liberman where he writes about the founding of Beth Messiah Congregation.

Almost as soon as Beth Messiah
Messiah
began to hold meetings on May 18, 1973, I realized I would be required to “explain” our purpose to the outside Jewish community. I needed to be able to honestly profess that we were not an appendage, subsidiary, affiliate, or offshoot of any Christian
Christian
(Gentile) denomination or ministry. We were a Jewish congregation and always would be. We absolutely were not a “church.” For this reason, if we identified as, “Beth Messiah, a Messianic Synagogue” immediately followed by, “affiliated with the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Alliance of America,” it would seem an inherent contradiction in our stated goal. How could you have a “Christian synagogue?” … If this fledgling thing –Beth Messiah—was to have a future, it couldn’t be under the banner— Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian Alliance?”[78]

This idea of a Jewish identity and more specifically a Messianic Jewish identity was the main purpose of the effort to change the name of the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Alliance of America (HCAA) to Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA).[79][80][78] Dan Juster comments on this by saying that “ Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity, at times, saw Jewishness as merely an ethnic identity, whereas Messianic Judaism
Judaism
saw its Jewish life and identity as a continued call of God.”[81] David Rausch further explains that “(t)he name change, however, signified far more than a semantical expression—it represented an evolution in the thought processes and religious and philosophical outlook toward a more fervent expression of Jewish identity.”[82] Foundational leaders While there are many individuals who made an impact on the movement there are several key figures. These are Manny Brotman, Martin and Yohanna Chernoff, Ray Gannon, and Dan Juster. Manny Brotman Brotman, Manny (1938-1999), was a talented individual who excelled in everything he undertook. He was “quarterback of the championship high school football team and pitcher for the winning city baseball team.”[83] Besides sports, Manny succeeded in business eventually becoming a corporate president and later Chairman of the Board of Fourth Television Network.[83] He was married to Audrey Yvonne Kitchen for 28 years until her passing and then married Sandra Frances Sheskin.[84] Manny was a graduate of the Jewish Studies program at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.[85] As a young Spirit-filled Messianic Jew he was a forerunner to the events of 1967 which were so instrumental in establishing the modern day Messianic movement. He founded the Messianic Jewish Movement International (MJMI) in 1963. Many young Jews
Jews
in the Washington, D.C. area were affected by his enthusiastic sharing of his beliefs. His efforts lead to the establishment of the first youth branch of the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian Alliance (HCAA), the Young Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Alliance (YHCA) in Chicago in 1965.[86][87] Yohanna Chernoff writes that the establishment of the YHCA, “proved to be a very timely innovation, since Jewish youth were being saved in visible numbers and were seeking fellowship with others like themselves.”[86] Manny served as its first President and Executive Director and organized its first conference at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania in 1970.[88] It was renamed the Young Messianic Jewish Alliance (YMJA) in 1975.[89] During this time Manny “changed his base of operations from Chicago
Chicago
to Florida and began producing materials to foster an emphasis on Jewish heritage and culture. The name of his Shalom International was changed to Messianic Jewish Movement International (MJMI),[90] and he began a ‘fellowship’ in Miami that was 90% Jewish in background.”[91] Manny was the first pastor of Beth Messiah
Messiah
Congregation in Rockville, Maryland (1974-75), founded by Paul Liberman, Sid Roth and Sandra Sheskin.[92][93] This was the first Messianic Jewish congregation to own its own facility and it “was the planting agency for another ten congregations.”[94] David Rausch wrote in 1982 that Manny was “an inspiring and well-equipped speaker”[95] while Ruth Fleischer notes that “Brotman had perhaps the clearest vision of the Messianic congregation. He established the synagogue and, like Laurence Duff-Forbes, referred to himself as a ‘rabbi’ (literally translated ‘teacher’).”[96] Manny, often called by many the “Father of the Modern-Day Messianic Jewish Movement,” was instrumental in the development of the foundational structure of the movement through materials, terminology, organizations and congregations. His efforts defined the very identity of the modern Messianic Jew and modern Messianic Jewish life.[97] As a founding father figure Manny produced “the first pictorial Messianic Catalog in the modern movement” and he “pioneered and popularized the use of Messianic terminology, Messianic evangelism materials and training, planting Messianic congregations and Messianic Jewish television and radio.”[98] Martin and Yohanna Chernoff Chernoff, Martin (1920-1985) and Yohanna (1930-2014, Joanna Joyner) Martin Chernoff, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants to Canada,[99][100] become a believer in Jesus
Jesus
as Messiah
Messiah
in 1940 under the ministry of Morris Kaminskey, a faithful friend and mentor who had founded a congregation in Toronto under Anglican auspices.[101] Kaminskey was a brother-in-law to David Bronstein who had founded the Peniel Community Center and the First Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Church in Chicago
Chicago
(Presbyterian).[102][103] Yohanna and Martin met and married in 1949. After ministry in Atlanta, Georgia (1949-1953),[104] they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1954 which was the hub of Reformed Judaism[105][106][better source needed][107][better source needed] and established a community that later was to become Beth Messiah.[108] Martin and Yohanna became committed to the efforts of the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Alliance of America (HCAA) to maintain Jewish identity while attending the HCAA conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1965.[109] In 1969 Martin was voted to the HCAA Executive Board and elected as president in 1971.[110] This was another step in their transformation from a Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
identity to a Messianic Jewish identity. Yohanna reports that in 1970 Martin received a “vision from the Lord: two electrifying, simple words stretched across the sky in the form of a banner, bringing into focus and confirming what we had been sensing over the years: MESSIANIC JUDAISM.”[63][111] 1970 was also the year their sons, David and Joel become “on fire for God”[68] and the Chernoff’s began congregation Beth Messiah
Messiah
in their home.[68] In attendance at the 1971 biennial meeting of the HCAA in Oak Park, Michigan were twenty-five “Jewish Jesus
Jesus
freaks” from Philadelphia known as “Fink’s Zoo.”[74][112] In 1974 Martin was invited to Philadelphia to organize “Fink’s Zoo”[113] into a congregation which became Beth Yeshua when established in 1975.[114] In that same year the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Alliance of America (HCAA) voted overwhelmingly to change its name to the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA).[115] In 1985 David Chernoff assumed the role of Messianic Rabbi of Beth Yeshua upon the death of his father.[116] Raymond Gannon After graduating from Bethany University in 1970 Ray Gannon began a Jewish ministry in Los Angeles, California area.[117][118][94] In 1973 Gannon, along with Phillip Goble established one of the oldest Messianic Jewish synagogues, Beth Emmanuel Fellowship, under the auspices of the Assemblies of God
God
in Encino California.[119][120][121] Beth Emmanuel was renamed Ahavat Zion Synagogue (AZS) in 1978.[122] Gannon opened new Jewish outreaches in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1975 to 1979, and “later pioneered and pastored Messianic congregations in Long Island (1980) and Queens (1983) as well as directing Beth Emanuel Fellowship in Northeast Philadelphia from 1983 to 1988.”[92][123] “Before moving to Jerusalem
Jerusalem
to co-pastor King of Kings Assembly in 1989, Dr. Gannon taught missions and Jewish studies at Central Bible College, Valley Forge Christian
Christian
College, and the Christ for the Nations Biblical Institute (New York campus). Upon arrival in Jerusalem, Ray founded the Israel
Israel
College of the Bible which provided the first successful, on-going, and fully-accredited Bible College for Israelis. Soon he opened special language departments for Jewish immigrants, both Russian and Ethiopian.”[123] In 2007, with the vision of Jonathan Bernis, and in conjunction with Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI) and with the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI), Gannon, along with Dan Juster, launched the Messianic Jewish Studies Program (MJSP) at The King’s University (TKU), founded by Dr. Jack Hayford.[124] “In 2013, the joint JVMI/MJBI leadership of the TKU Messianic Jewish Studies Program (MJSP) was moved to the primary oversight of the MJBI. Through the continued generosity of JVMI, the MJSP at TKU has become a quality undergraduate and graduate Messianic Jewish Studies option for serious students. Under the leadership of Dr. Ray Gannon, (Director of the TKU MJSP and V.P. for Academic Affairs for the MJBI), the program has greatly developed and grown. The program also saw the first five D.Min. graduates in Messianic Leadership.”[125] In addition to teaching and developing Messianic Jewish educational programs Gannon worked for some seven years as a translator and team translator as part of a four-man theological editing team for the Tree of Live Bible (TLV) produced by the Messianic Jewish Bible Society (MJBS).[126] Daniel Juster In his book, Messianic Judaism, published in 1982, David Rausch called Dan Juster a “key figure in the Messianic Jewish congregational movement"[127] In the years since, that assessment remains true but could be expanded and applied to not just the congregational movement but to all aspects of the broader Messianic Jewish movement. As a scholar and theologian Juster has influenced the movement with over 30 Messianic Jewish books along with the foundational and highly regarded Jewish Roots: Understanding Your Jewish Faith which is now in its fourth edition. Juster is a strong advocate for the Messianic movement to have an appreciation for the heritage of the Christian
Christian
church even as their primary cultural expression is Jewish.[128] Dan Juster currently serves as the Director of Tikkun International,[129] a Messianic Jewish organization headquartered in Israel. Juster began his ministerial work as pastor of the First Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Church (Presbyterian) in 1972[94] which had been founded by David Bronstein in 1934.[130] The First Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian Church was renamed Adat Hatikvah in 1975 under Juster’s leadership as “Dan caught a vision of expressing his faith in Yeshua in a more Jewish way and shifted to worship on Shabbat, keeping the Jewish holidays, and a positive attitude toward Torah.”[131] After Manny Brotman resigned as the spiritual leader of Beth Messiah Congregation (greater Washington D.C. area) the congregation chose Juster to be their leader after hearing him speak at the Messiah
Messiah
’77 conference. He served in that capacity till 2000.[94] David Rausch writes:

A kind and gentle individual, Juster was a teacher, a pastor and a mediator. He was exactly what the congregation needed at this juncture. He set up a committee structure within the congregation to deal with strife and dissension, and he fit well in the mild charismatic atmosphere of Beth Messiah. … Juster is highly respected, and his opinions and insight carry considerable weight. His qualities as a peacemaker have currently extended to his being a mediator between Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity
Christianity
and Messianic Judaism. And, while he believes firmly in the tenets of Messianic Judaism, Juster emphasizes the historical importance of Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity
Christianity
and the debt Messianic Judaism
Judaism
owes to it.[132]

The desire of many young Jews
Jews
to maintain their Jewish identity and to maintain a Jewish lifestyle (following the Jewish calendar, observing Shabbat, etc.) lead to the formation of Messianic Jewish synagogues.[133] In seeing this need Juster worked for the formation of a body to help in the “initiation, establishment, and growth of Messianic Jewish congregations worldwide.”[134] Thus in June 1979 nineteen congregations in North America met at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and formed the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) with Dan Juster as its first president.[135][136] In 1981 Juster started the Messiah
Messiah
Bible Institute (MBI) with Asher Intrater and Eitan Shishkoff as the first graduates. Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Michael Rudolph were several of the teachers.[137] Foundational Messianic Jewish congregations The shift from a Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
identity to a Messianic Jewish identity was a key factor in the establishment of Messianic Jewish congregations. Juster writes:

In 1975, the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Alliance of America changed its name to the Messianic Jewish Alliance, reflecting the growing Jewish identity of Jewish followers of Yeshua. It is at this point that a major question comes into focus: What is the distinction between Messianic Judaism
Judaism
and Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity, which was the traditional designation for Jewish believers in Yeshua? Hebrew
Hebrew
Christians, traditionally, have not emphasized the planting of Jewish congregations, but Messianic Jews
Jews
have. Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity, at times, saw Jewishness as merely an ethnic identity, whereas Messianic Judaism
Judaism
saw its Jewish life and identity as the continued call of God.”[138]

Fleischer reports that “in 1974 there were five Messianic congregations in existence in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. Cincinnati, Chicago
Chicago
and in Los Angeles.”[139] Currently there are some 300 Messianic Jewish congregations in the United States with the estimated number of Messianic Jews
Jews
ranging from 30,000 to 600,000.”[140] First Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Church, Chicago, Illinois The Peniel Community Center established and directed by David Bronstein also gave birth to the First Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Church which later became Adat HaTikvah Messianic Synagogue.[141] The need for the church arose out of the inability for some Jews
Jews
to adapt and dropped out with others drifting away altogether from their faith.[142] As Dan Juster writes:

The most influential work was the Peniel Center (est. 1921) and the First Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Church (est. 1934), which became Adat Hatikvah (1975). Rev. David Bronstein was the founder of both these works. Although by my theology they did not achieve an authentic Jewish expression of faith, progress toward this ideal was made. Accusations of re-erecting the “wall of partition” were made against Bronstein then, as today against Messianic Judaism. Although Christian
Christian
hymns and Sunday worship provided a church atmosphere, Bronstein’s own teaching, the symbolism and design of the worship hall and the remembrance of feasts by preaching and demonstration were closer to a Messianic Jewish style than anything else in America.”[131]

As Messianic Jewish community identity become more of a core issue to the movement Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
congregations made a transformational shift as noted by Russ Resnik:

In the mid-70s, Dan Juster, who was to become a key Messianic Jewish figure was leading the First Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Church, founded in Chicago
Chicago
in 1934 by the Presbyterians. Dan caught a vision of expressing his faith in Yeshua in a more Jewish way and shifted to worship on Shabbat, keeping the Jewish holidays, and a positive attitude toward Torah. One of his worship leaders was Joel Chernoff, who went on to pioneer Messianic Jewish music as part of the group Lamb. Joel had come to the congregation with the revolutionary idea of employing Jewish style worship songs in place of the old hymns. The idea took off. First Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Church was renamed Adat Hatikvah to reflect its new Jewish self-image.[143]

David Bronstein, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and McCormick Theological Seminary, won many of his family members to his faith including his brother-in-law Morris Kaminskey under whose ministry Martin Chernoff was saved.[144][145] Ed Brotsky, another who came to faith under Kaminskey, started the first Messianic Jewish congregation in Philadelphia.”[94] Beth Messiah
Messiah
Congregation, Rockville, Maryland Beth Messiah
Messiah
was founded by Paul Liberman, Sid Roth, and Sandra Sheskin in May 18, 1973 with 15 people present.[146] Liberman writes: “We began to meet, and we didn’t know what the heck we were doing. For music, we brought Christian
Christian
records and someone else brought a record player. We played the records, and we sang along with the words. ‘Put your hand in the hand of the Man who stilled the waters.’”[147] Even though they didn’t know exactly what they were doing they knew that they wanted “a place where new and prospective Jewish believers could come and feel comfortable ... that they will not have to give up their Jewish heritage, identity, and culture” and for “our own families to have something of a Jewish style and culture in which to raise our children.”[146] This new congregation was first lead by Manny Brotman during which the “community grew significantly and purchased its first synagogue building.”[148] Brotman was succeeded by Dan Juster in 1978 who lead the congregation until 2000.[92]”[148][94] During this time it “birthed a number of ministries both locally and globally. Beth Messiah
Messiah
was also one of the original congregations that formed the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC).”[93] The Beth Messiah
Messiah
website states that it “has been a pioneering community in Messianic Jewish music and education. Musicians Paul Wilbur, René Bloch, and Marc Chopinsky of Israel's Hope met and led worship at Beth Messiah. BMC was also the birthplace of Ets Chaiyim School, one of the first Messianic Jewish day schools. While the school closed in 2009 after nearly three decades, the legacy of Ets Chaiyim continues to bear fruit through the hundreds of students who attended.”[93] Beth Messiah, Cincinnati, Ohio In 1970 the Chernoff’s moved their Sunday morning worship services from their home to the Community Room of the Standard Building and Loan Company, in the suburb of Pleasant Ridge. Then in October 1970 the Chernoff’s resigned from the Christian
Christian
association they were part of and incorporated their community as Congregation Beth Messiah.[149] This was also the year Martin had his third vision of a large banner in the sky with the words, “Messianic Judaism.”[111] And thirdly it was also the year their sons, David and Joel became “on fire for God.”[150][68] Joe Finkelstein called the Chernoffs in late 1974 about going to Philadelphia to organize their group of young people called “Fink’s Zoo” into a congregation.[151] The Chernoffs left for Philadelphia in 1975 turning Beth Messiah
Messiah
over to Rachmiel Frydland.[115] Michael Wolf became the congregational leader in 1977.[152] Many Messianic leaders were raised up in Cincinnati: Jeff Adler, Bruce Adler, Robert Cohen, Mark Dayan, Elliot and Joyce Klayman, and Dr. Robert Winder along with many others.[153] Beth Yeshua, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania In 1975 Martin and Yohanna Chernoff, moved to Philadelphia to establish a congregation from the Finkelstein’s youth group which was affectionately known as “Fink’s Zoo.” Thus Beth Yeshua (House of Salvation) was established as a self-supporting, independent community. Later in 1986 it would align itself with the International Associations of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS). The congregation moved several times from the Chernoff’s home to the Marriott Hotel, then the Holiday Inn[154] and eventually to their current location at 7501 Haverford in Philadelphia.[155] David Chernoff assumed the leadership role in 1985 when his father Martin died at the age of 65.[116] Messianic leaders who were once a part of Beth Yeshua include: Joseph and Debbie Finkelstein, Jeff and Diane Lowenthal, Michael and Rachel Wolf, Jeff and Janet Forman, Steve and Pat Weiler, Bruce and Debbie Cohen, David and Helene Rosenberg, and Jan and Marlene Rosenberg.[156] Ahavat Zion Synagogue, Santa Monica, California Ahavat Zion started as Temple Beth Emmanuel in Encino, CA in 1973.[92] This Assemblies of God
God
effort was a “significant move toward Messianic Judaism.”[94][92][92][157] In 1974 it was one of the largest and fastest growing congregations in the world.[96] In 1970 Ray and Kassiani Gannon, after graduating from Bethany University, moved to Los Angeles and began a Jewish ministry in the bustling Jewish Fairfax district.[122] The small group they started soon outgrew their apartment so they “founded a small chavurah called the Beth Emmanuel Fellowship at a private home in Beverly Hills.” The congregation continued to grow under the leadership of Ray Gannon and his associate, Phillip Goble. In 1976 the congregation hired Hebert Goldberg as its next spiritual leader and then in 1978 changed its name to Ahavat Zion Synagogue (AZS).Barry Budoff served as its next leader from 1980 until 1991 at which time Stuart Dauermann, a “well-known Messianic Jewish pioneer and musician” became the fourth spiritual leader. “Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann and his wife, Naomi, served as the spiritual leaders of AZS till 2011 when he stepped aside to teach, write, and travel full-time.” In 2016 the congregation moved to Santa Monica, California under its current leader Rabbi Joshua Brumbach who succeeded Dauermann in 2011.[122] Messianic Organizations: MJAA, UMJC, IAMCS, Tikkun International Currently there are over 300 Messianic Jewish congregations in the United States with maybe half of their attendance being Gentiles.[158] Most of these congregations belong to the International Association of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS), an arm of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), or to the Union of Messianic Congregations (UMJC) or to Tikkun International. The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) began in 1915 as the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Alliance of America (HCAA). In 1975 as more young Jews
Jews
become believers in Jesus
Jesus
as their Messiah
Messiah
they felt the need to maintain their Jewish identity and voted to change the name.[159][160] The MJAA was and still is an organization of individual Jewish members.[161] As a result of this renewed interest in maintaining a Jewish identity these young Jews
Jews
began to gather together to maintain a Jewish lifestyle (following the Jewish calendar, observing Shabbat, etc.) which lead to the formation of Messianic Jewish synagogues.[133] The next step in this progression was the formation of a body to help in the “initiation, establishment, and growth of Messianic Jewish congregations worldwide.”[134] Thus in June 1979 nineteen congregations in North America met at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and formed the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) with Dan Juster as its first president.[162][92][163] In 2005 they revised their statement on Messianic Judaism:

The Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) envisions Messianic Judaism
Judaism
as a movement of Jewish congregations and groups committed to Yeshua the Messiah
Messiah
that embrace the covenantal responsibility of Jewish life and identity rooted in Torah, expressed in tradition, and renewed and applied in the context of the New Covenant.”[134]

In 1986 the MJAA formed a congregational branch the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS). “Tikkun International is a Messianic Jewish umbrella organization for an apostolic network of leaders, congregations and ministries in covenantal relationship for mutual accountability, support and equipping to extend the Kingdom of God
God
in America, Israel, and throughout the world.”[164] Conclusion Yaakov Ariel concludes in his essay “ Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity Unite!: The Unique Culture of Messianic Judaism”:

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is a growing movement. It is no longer in its infancy, but retains youthful vigor and enthusiasm. It is characterized by considerable optimism, resulting from its relative success and growth, and a strong sense of mission. They sense that they are taking part in a groundbreaking historical experiment---amalgamating the Christian
Christian
faith with the Jewish heritage, thus healing old wounds…In the early years of the twenty-first century, Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is a thriving community. It has become a solid movement in the American religious scene.[165]

Even though, for the sake of brevity, only a few individuals, organizations and events have been mentioned, Russ Resnik wrote in Introducing Messianic Judaism
Judaism
and the UMJC that Messianic Judaism, “…was springing up at a grass-roots level all over the world, as the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
moved upon Jewish believers.”[134] It is a movement not begun by only one or only a few individuals but one that had spontaneously spring up all over the world. It is a unique movement with no similar parallels in world history. The Messianic Jewish Movement is a people, called by God, and dedicating themselves to the proclamation of the good news that Yeshua the Messiah
Messiah
is the redeemer of the Jewish people as well as for all the nations. Messianic Seal of Jerusalem

Messianic Seal

The Messianic Seal of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
is a symbol for Messianic Judaism
Judaism
and Christians. The symbol is seen as a depiction of the Menorah, an ancient Jewish symbol, together with the Ichthys, an ancient depictive representation of Christian
Christian
faith and the community of Jesus followers, creating a Star of David
Star of David
at the intersection.[166] The Messianic Seal is not the only symbol of Messianic Judaism, which has other graphical representations such as the Menorah and Star of David, the cross in the Star of David, among others.[167] There is an ongoing dispute as to whether or not the seal dates from the 1st century AD,[168][169] or if it is a 20th-century invention.[166][167] Theology and core doctrines Main article: Messianic Jewish theology See also: Oral gospel traditions As with many religious faiths, the exact tenets held vary from congregation to congregation. In general, essential doctrines of Messianic Judaism
Judaism
include views on:

God: that he is omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal, outside creation, infinitely significant and benevolent; viewpoints vary on the Trinity Jesus: believed to be the Jewish Messiah; views on his divinity vary written Torah: Messianic Jews
Jews
believe, with a few exceptions, that Jesus
Jesus
taught and reaffirmed the Torah
Torah
and that it remains fully in force Israel: the Children of Israel
Children of Israel
are central to God's plan; replacement theology is opposed the Bible: the Tanakh
Tanakh
and the New Testament
New Testament
are usually considered the divinely inspired Scripture, though Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is more open to criticism of the New Testament
New Testament
canon than is Christianity eschatology: similar to many evangelical Christian
Christian
views oral law: observance varies, but most deem these traditions subservient to the written Torah

Certain additional doctrines are more open to differences in interpretation, including those on sin and atonement and on faith and works.[170] God
God
and Jesus The Trinity Many Messianic Jews
Jews
affirm the doctrine of the Trinity: God
God
the Father, God
God
the Son, and God
God
the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
as three representations of the same divinity.[13][171][172]

God
God
the Father—Messianic Jews
Jews
believe in God
God
and that he is all-powerful, omnipresent, eternally existent outside of creation, and infinitely significant and benevolent. Some Messianic Jews
Jews
affirm both the Shema
Shema
and the Trinity, understanding the phrase "the Lord is One" to be referring to "a differentiated but singular deity",[173] and "eternally existent in plural oneness".[174] A small number of Messianic believers profess only a strict view of monotheism, rejecting Trinitarian doctrine.[175][176] God
God
the Son—Most Messianic Jews
Jews
consider Jesus
Jesus
to be the Messiah
Messiah
and divine as God
God
the Son, in line with mainstream Christianity.[13][174] This belief is supported through links between Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
prophecies and what Messianic Jews
Jews
(and most mainstream Christians) perceive as the prophecies' fulfillment in the New Testament.[177] Many also consider Jesus
Jesus
to be their "chief teacher and rabbi" whose life should be copied.[178] Many English-speaking Messianic Jews
Jews
refer to Jesus
Jesus
by his original Hebrew
Hebrew
name Yeshua or Yehoshua. A minority of congregations do not ascribe divinity to Jesus, with some considering him a man, fathered by the Holy Spirit, who became the Messiah.[175][179] God
God
the Holy Spirit—According to some Messianic Jews, the Spirit is introduced in the Old Testament
Old Testament
as co-creator (Genesis 1:2), is the inspirer of prophets (II Sam. 23:1–3), and is the spirit of Truth described in the New Testament
New Testament
(John 14:17, 26).[174] According to the teachings of Messianic Judaism, the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
was the dove at baptism (Matt 3:16) and the giver of tongues in Acts 2.[citation needed]

Jesus Main article: Jesus
Jesus
in Christianity The place of Jesus
Jesus
in Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is usually clearly defined. His Jewishness and that of all the original disciples is affirmed. Messianic Judaism
Judaism
asserts that Jesus
Jesus
is the Word of God
God
become manifest (John 1:1–14), a belief that is identical with normative Christian
Christian
doctrine regarding the nature and identity of the son of God. Furthermore, Messianic Judaism
Judaism
generally asserts that the Messiah has a dual aspect as revealed in Scripture.[180] Messianic Jews believe Jesus' first role as Messiah
Messiah
was to rescue the world from spiritual bondage, and that he will return to rescue the world from physical oppression and establish his unending Kingdom—again, a belief that is identical to the normative Christian
Christian
view of the Messiah. George Berkley writes that the Messianic Jews
Jews
of the MJAA "worship not just God
God
but Jesus" whom they call Yeshua.[181] Scriptures and writings The Bible Both the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
and the New Testament
New Testament
(sometimes called the "Brit Chadasha") are usually considered to be the established and divinely inspired Biblical scriptures by Messianic Jews.[182][183] With a few exceptions, Messianic believers generally consider the written Torah, the five books of Moses, to remain in force as a continuing covenant, revised by Jesus
Jesus
and the Apostles in the New Testament, that is to be observed both morally and ritually.[184] Jesus
Jesus
did not annul the Torah, but its interpretation is revised through the Apostolic scriptures.[185] Jewish oral tradition There is no unanimity among Messianic congregations on the issue of the Talmud
Talmud
and the Oral Torah. There are congregations which believe that adherence to the Oral Law, as encompassed by the Talmud, is against Messianic beliefs.[186] Similarly, there are congregations which deny the authority of the Pharisees, believing that they were superseded, and their teachings contradicted, by Messianism.[187] There are adherents which call rabbinic commentaries such as the Mishnah
Mishnah
and the Talmud
Talmud
"dangerous",[187] and state that followers of rabbinic and halakhic explanations and commentaries are not believers in Jesus
Jesus
as the Messiah.[187][188] Other congregations are selective in their applications of Talmudic law, and may believe that the rabbinic commentaries such as the Mishnah
Mishnah
and the Talmud, while historically informative and useful in understanding tradition, are not normative and may not be followed where they differ from the New Testament.[189][190][191][192] Still others encourage a serious observance of Jewish halakha.[193] Messianic Bible translations See also: Messianic Bible translations Messianic Jews
Jews
generally consider the entire Christian
Christian
Bible to be sacred scripture. Theologian David H. Stern in his "Jewish New Testament Commentary" argues that the writings and teachings of Paul the Apostle are fully congruent with Messianic Judaism, and that the New Testament
New Testament
is to be taken by Messianic Jews
Jews
as the inspired Word of God. Messianic publications There are a number of Messianic commentaries on various books of the Bible, both Tanakh
Tanakh
and New Testament
New Testament
texts, such as Matthew, Acts, Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews. David H. Stern has released a one-volume Jewish New Testament
New Testament
Commentary, providing explanatory notes from a Messianic Jewish point of view. Other noted New Testament commentary authors include: Joseph Shulam, who has written commentaries on Acts, Romans, and Galatians; Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries, who has written commentaries on the Epistles, Judges & Ruth, and Genesis, and 7 systematic doctrinal studies; Tim Hegg of TorahResource, who has written commentaries on Romans, Galatians, Hebrews, and is presently examining Matthew; Daniel Thomas Lancaster, who has written extensively for the First Fruits of Zion Torah
Torah
Club series; Stuart Sacks, author of Hebrews Through a Hebrews' Eyes; and J. K. McKee of TNN Online who has written several volumes under the byline "for the Practical Messianic" (James, Hebrews, Philippians, Galatians, and surveys of both the Tanakh
Tanakh
and the Apostolic Scriptures). Attitudes toward Paul Messianic Jews
Jews
understand (as suggested by some recent scholars[194]) that Paul the Apostle
Paul the Apostle
(who is often referred to as Sha'ul, his Hebrew name) remained a Jewish Pharisee even as a believer until his death (see Paul the Apostle
Paul the Apostle
and Judaism). This is based on Acts 23:6, detailing events after Paul's acceptance of Jesus
Jesus
as Messiah. "But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men [and] brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question."[195] Messianic believers cite the cutting off of Paul's hair at Cenchrea because of a vow he had taken (Acts 18:18), references in passing to him observing the Jewish holidays, and his consistent good standing with his Rabbinic master Gamaliel, to show that he was wholly in continued observance of the laws and traditions of Judaism. They maintain that Paul never set out to polarize the gospel between faith and righteous works, but that one is necessary to maintain the other. The New Perspective on Paul
New Perspective on Paul
is important in Messianic Judaism.[196] Sin
Sin
and atonement Some Messianic believers define sin as transgression of the Torah (Law/Instruction) of God
God
and include the concept of original sin. Some adherents atone for their sins through prayer and repentance—that is, acknowledgment of the wrongdoing and seeking forgiveness for their sins (especially on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement). Disagreeing with these rites and practices, other Messianics hold to a belief that all sin (whether committed yet or not) is already atoned for because of Jesus's death and resurrection.[197] Evangelism and attitudes toward Jews
Jews
and Israel Messianic Jews
Jews
believe God's people have a responsibility to spread his name and fame to all nations (Psalms 96:3, Ezekiel 3:18–19)[198] It is believed that the Children of Israel
Children of Israel
were, remain, and will continue to be the chosen people of the God, and are central to his plans for existence. Most Messianic believers, whether Jewish or non-Jewish, can be said to oppose supersessionism (popularly referred to as replacement theology), the view that the Church has replaced Israel
Israel
in the mind and plans of God.[199] There exist among Messianic believers a number of perspectives regarding who exactly makes up God's chosen people. Most commonly, Israel
Israel
is seen as distinct from the church; Messianic Jews, being a part of both Israel
Israel
and the church, are seen as the necessary link between the 'gentile' People of God
God
and the commonwealth of God's people of Israel. The two-house view, and the one law/grafted-in view are held by many identifying as Messianic, although some Messianic groups do not espouse these theologies.[200] According to the Messianic group Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Council, "the people of Israel
Israel
are members of the covenant HaShem
HaShem
made with Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov. Covenant membership is extended to converts to Judaism from the nations, as well as to the descendants of covenant members. Israel
Israel
is a nation of nations and their descendants, or more specifically a people group called out from other people groups to be a people separated unto HaShem
HaShem
for his purposes. HaShem's promise of covenantal blessings and curses as described in the Torah
Torah
are unique to Am Yisrael (People of Israel), and to no other nation or people group. The bible describes an Israelite as one descended from Ya'akov ben Yitzhak ben Avraham, or one who has been converted or adopted into that group by either human or spiritual means."[201] According to certain branches of Messianic Judaism, Jews
Jews
are individuals who have one or more Jewish parents, or who have undergone halakhic conversion to Judaism. As in Reform Judaism, those who have Jewish fathers but gentile mothers are considered Jewish only if the individual claims Jewish identity. The statement of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council on Jewish identity[202] is often disputed among Messianic believers who either don't find it necessary or discourage halakhic conversion, in accordance with their interpretation of Romans 2:29 (that a "Jew" is not one who is one "outwardly" but is one who is a Jew in his heart). They also believe that salvation is received by accepting Jesus
Jesus
into one's heart and confessing that he is Lord.[203] Messianic believers from other nations are also considered to be part of the People of God. Depending on their status within various Messianic Jewish groups, such as the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, an allowance for formal conversion is made based on their understanding that Messianic converts are not automatically considered Jewish. The reasoning for this variance is as follows: While Titus may have been the norm in the epistles, a Gentile not converted to Judaism, Paul nevertheless made an exception for Timothy, whom he circumcised and brought under the Covenant, probably because though Timothy's father was Greek, his mother was Jewish. According to the statement of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council regarding Conversion,[204] converts to Judaism
Judaism
do not in any way have a higher status within Messianic Judaism
Judaism
than the Messianic believers who are considered by the UMJC to still be gentiles who are attached to their communities. One Law theology One Law theology (aka One Torah
Torah
for All) teaches that anyone who is a part of Israel
Israel
is obligated to observe the Covenant and its provisions as outlined in the Torah. Dan Juster of Tikkun, and Russ Resnik of the UMJC, have argued against the One Law movement's insistence on Gentiles being required to observe the entirety of Torah
Torah
in the same way as Jews.[205] Tim Hegg responded to their article defending what he believes to be the biblical teaching of "One Law" theology and its implications concerning the obligations of Torah
Torah
obedience by new Messianic believers from the nations.[206] The Coalition of Torah Observant Messianic Congregations (CTOMC) likewise rejects Bi-Lateral Ecclesiology (BLE, i.e. Jewish Dispensationalism) in favor of the One Torah
Torah
for All (one Law) position.[207] Two House theology Proponents of Two House theology espouse their belief that the phrase "House of Judah" in scripture refers to Jews, while "the House of Israel" refers to the Ten Lost Tribes
Ten Lost Tribes
of Israel, or Ephraim. Where scripture states the House of Israel
Israel
and Judah will again be "one stick" (Ezekiel 37:15–23), it is believed to be referring to the End Times, immediately prior to the Second Coming, when many of those descended from Israel
Israel
will come back to Israel. Advocates of this theology postulate that the reason so many "gentiles" are converting to Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is that the vast majority of them are truly Israelites. Like One Law groups, the Two House movement has many superficial similarities to Messianic Judaism, such as their belief in the ongoing validity of the Mosaic Covenant. While much of the Two House teaching is based on interpretations of Biblical prophecy, the biggest disagreements are due to inability to identify the genealogy of the Lost Tribes. Organizations such as the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations have explicitly opposed the Two House teaching.[208] Supersessionism Historically, Christianity
Christianity
has taught supersessionism (replacement theology), which implies or outright states that Christianity
Christianity
has superseded Judaism, and that the Mosaic Covenant
Mosaic Covenant
of the Hebrew
Hebrew
Bible has been superseded by the New Covenant
New Covenant
of Jesus, wherein salvation is brought about by the grace of God, and not by obedience to the Torah.[209] This is generally complemented with the concept of God having transferred the status of "God's people" from the Jews
Jews
to the Christian
Christian
Church. Messianic Jews, in varying degrees, challenge both thoughts,[210] and instead believing that although Israel
Israel
has rejected Jesus, it has not forfeited its status as God's chosen people (Matthew 5:17). Often cited is Romans 11:29: "for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable". The core of supersessionism, in which the Mosaic Covenant is canceled, is less agreed upon. Though the mitzvot may or may not be seen as necessary, most are still followed, especially the keeping of Shabbat
Shabbat
and other holy days. Eschatology All Messianic Jews
Jews
hold to certain eschatological beliefs such as the End of Days, the Second Coming
Second Coming
of Jesus
Jesus
as the conquering Messiah, the re-gathering of Israel, a rebuilt Third Temple, a resurrection of the dead, and many believe in the Millennial Sabbath, although some are Amillenialist.[citation needed] Some Messianic Jews
Jews
believe that all of the Jewish holidays, and indeed the entire Torah, intrinsically hint at the Messiah, and thus no study of the End Times
End Times
is complete without understanding the major Jewish Festivals
Jewish Festivals
in their larger prophetic context. To certain believers, the feasts of Pesach
Pesach
and Shavuot
Shavuot
were fulfilled in Jesus's first coming, and Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot
Sukkot
will be at his second. Some also believe in a literal 7000-year period for the human history of the world, with a Millennial Messianic kingdom prior to a final judgment.[211] Torah
Torah
observance There is a variety of practice within Messianic Judaism
Judaism
regarding the strictness of Torah
Torah
observance. Generally, " Torah
Torah
observant" congregations observe Jewish prayers, biblical feasts, and Sabbath.[212] While most traditional Christians deny that the ritual laws and specific civil laws of the Pentateuch
Pentateuch
apply to gentiles, certain passages[213] regarding Torah
Torah
observance in the New Testament are cited by some Messianic believers as proof that Torah
Torah
was not abolished for Jews. They point out that in Acts 21, Jewish believers in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
are described as "zealous for the Law". Religious practices

Baruch Hashem Messianic Synagogue in Dallas, Texas

Sabbath and holiday observances Some Messianic Jews
Jews
observe Shabbat
Shabbat
on Saturdays.[27] Worship services are generally held on Friday evenings (Erev Shabbat) or Saturday mornings.[189] According to the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF), services are held on Saturday to "open the doors to Jewish people who also wish to keep the Sabbath".[214] The liturgy used is similar to that of a Jewish siddur with some important differences including the omission of "salvation by works" as the Messianic belief is salvation through Jesus.[214] According to the SBMF, the main purpose in using a liturgy similar to a Jewish siddur is to bring others to Jesus.[215] Other branches of the movement have attempted to "eliminate the elements of Christian
Christian
worship [such as frequent communion] that cannot be directly linked to their Jewish roots".[216] Almost all such congregations in Israel
Israel
observe Jewish holidays, which they understand to have their fulfillment in Jesus."[27] The Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council recommends the observance of Jewish holidays.[217] Most larger Messianic Jewish congregations follow Jewish custom in celebrating the three biblical feasts (Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot), as well as Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur
and Rosh Hashanah.[189] Dietary laws The observance of the kashrut dietary laws is a subject of continued debate among Messianic Jews.[218][219][220] Some Messianic believers keep kosher purely for the purposes of evangelism to Jewish people.[218] Most avoid pork and shellfish, but there is disagreement on more strict adherence to kosher dietary laws. Conversion to Messianic Judaism Messianic perspectives on "Who is a Jew?" vary. The Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council, (West Haven, Connecticut, 2006) a global Messianic body, acknowledges a Jew as one born to a Jewish mother, or who has converted to Judaism. Copying from the Reform stream of Judaism, the Council also recognizes as a Jew one who was born to a Jewish father (but not a Jewish mother) on the condition that the family of the child (or the individual as an adult) has undertaken public and formal acts of identification of the individual with the Jewish faith and people.[221] Large numbers of those calling themselves Messianic Jews
Jews
are not of Jewish descent,[222] but join the movement anyway as they "enjoy the Messianic Jewish style of worship".[223] The MJAA views conversion for Gentiles an unbiblical practice, but accepts gentiles into their congregations,[224] and other Messianic organizations hold to similar views. Baptism Messianic Jews
Jews
practice baptism, calling it a mikveh ("cistern", from Leviticus 11) rather than the term hattvila ("baptism" הטבילה in the Hebrew
Hebrew
New Testament).[225][226] Circumcision Some within the Ephraimite
Ephraimite
movement seek to convert themselves for identification with Israel, but most Messianic governing bodies acknowledge the presence of gentiles in the congregations, and do not see a need for them to convert to worship in the Messianic style and understanding. When conversion is sincerely desired by a gentile Messianic believer, Messianic Jewish halachic standards (including circumcision) are imposed to maintain integrity among the world Messianic Jewish community.[17][226][227] Use of Hebrew
Hebrew
names and vocabulary in English The movement generally avoids common Christian
Christian
terms, such as Christ and cross (tsalav—צלב), and prefers to maximise the use of Hebrew terms.[228][229] Messianic Jews
Jews
take a similar approach as the Sacred Name Movement and almost exclusively use Yeshua, the original Aramaic/ Hebrew
Hebrew
name of Jesus. Culture Music Messianic Jewish hymnologies are not merely Christian
Christian
evangelical ones. Many of the hymns relate to Israel's role in history, convey a messianic hope, and refer to Jesus
Jesus
as the Savior of Israel. In addition, small changes differentiate them from the usual contemporary evangelical hymns, such as the use of the name Yeshua instead of Jesus. Messianic hymnals also include a large number of Israeli songs.[230] The movement also has several recording artists who consider their music to be Messianic in message, such as Joel Chernoff of the duo Lamb,[231] Ted Pearce[232] and Chuck King.[233] Many of these artists have been influenced by Jewish music and often incorporate Hebrew phrases into their lyrics.[234][235] Reception of the movement Reception among mainstream Christianity In the United States, the emergence of the Messianic Jewish movement created some stresses with other Jewish- Christian
Christian
and missionary organization. In 1975, the Fellowship of Christian
Christian
Testimonies to the Jews
Jews
condemned several aspects of the Messianic Jewish movement.[236] In Israel, the linguistic distinction between Messianic Jews
Jews
and mainstream Christians is less clear, and the name "Messianic" (Meshiyhiy משיחי) is commonly used by churches anyway, in lieu of Notsri (Hebrew: נוצרי), the secular government administrative term for "Christian". The Israel
Israel
Trust of the Anglican Church, based at Christ Church, Jerusalem, an organization that is ecumenical in outlook and operates an interfaith school in Jerusalem, gives some social support to Messianic Jews
Jews
in Israel.[237] Reception among Jews See also: Judaism's view of Jesus As in traditional Jewish objections to Christian
Christian
theology, opponents of Messianic Judaism
Judaism
hold that Christian
Christian
proof texts, such as prophecies in the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
purported to refer the Messiah's suffering and death, have been taken out of context and misinterpreted.[238] Jewish theology rejects the idea that the Messiah, or any human being, is a divinity. Belief in the Trinity
Trinity
is considered idolatrous by most rabbinic authorities,[239] though there is a minority view that it constitutes shituf (literally, "partnership"), an association of other individuals with the God
God
of Israel. While shituf is, according to some opinions, permitted for gentiles, it is considered idolatrous for Jews.[19][240] Further, Judaism
Judaism
does not view the role of the Messiah
Messiah
to be the salvation of the world from its sins, an integral teaching of Christianity.[203][241] Jewish opponents of Messianic Judaism
Judaism
often focus their criticism on the movement's radical ideological separation from traditional Jewish beliefs, stating that the acceptance of Jesus
Jesus
as Messiah
Messiah
creates an insuperable divide between the traditional messianic expectations of Judaism, and Christianity's theological claims.[242] They state that while Judaism
Judaism
is a messianic religion, its messiah is not Jesus,[243] and thus the term is misleading.[22] All denominations of Judaism, as well as national Jewish organizations, reject Messianic Judaism
Judaism
as a form of Judaism.[18][20][244] Regarding this divide, Reconstructionist Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro observed:

To embrace the radioactive core of goyishness—Jesus—violates the final taboo of Jewishness[.] ... Belief in Jesus
Jesus
as Messiah
Messiah
is not simply a heretical belief, as it may have been in the first century; it has become the equivalent to an act of ethno-cultural suicide.[245][246]

B'nai Brith Canada considers messianic activities as antisemitic incidents.[247] Rabbi Tovia Singer, founder of the anti-missionary organization Outreach Judaism,[248] noted of a Messianic rabbi in Toledo: "He's not running a Jewish synagogue ... It's a church designed to appear as if it were a synagogue and I'm there to expose him. What these irresponsible extremist Christians do is a form of consumer fraud. They blur the distinctions between Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity
Christianity
in order to lure Jewish people who would otherwise resist a straightforward message."[249] Response of Israeli government See also: Religion in Israel
Israel
§ Christianity Messianic Jews
Jews
are considered eligible for the State of Israel's Law of Return only if they can also claim Jewish descent.[28] An assistant to one of the two lawyers involved with an April 2008 Supreme Court of Israel
Israel
case explained to the Jerusalem Post
Jerusalem Post
that Messianic Jews
Jews
who are not Jewish according to Jewish rabbinic law, but who had sufficient Jewish descent to qualify under the Law of Return, could claim automatic new immigrant status and citizenship despite being Messianic.[250] The state of Israel
Israel
grants Aliyah (right of return) and citizenship to Jews, and to those with Jewish parents or grandparents who are not considered Jews
Jews
according to halakha, e.g. people who have a Jewish father but a non-Jewish mother. The old law had excluded any "person who has been a Jew and has voluntarily changed his religion", and an Israeli Supreme Court decision in 1989 had ruled that Messianic Judaism
Judaism
constituted another religion.[251] However, on April 16, 2008, the Supreme Court of Israel
Supreme Court of Israel
ruled in a case brought by a number of Messianic Jews
Jews
with Jewish fathers and grandfathers. Their applications for Aliyah had been rejected on the grounds that they were Messianic Jews. The argument was made by the applicants that they had never been Jews
Jews
according to halakha, and were not therefore excluded by the conversion clause. This argument was upheld in the ruling.[250][252][253] The International Religious Freedom Report 2008, released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the U.S. states that discrimination against Messianic Jews
Jews
in Israel
Israel
is increasing.[254] Some acts of violence have also occurred such as incident on March 20, 2008, a bomb concealed as a Purim gift basket was delivered to the house of a prominent Messianic Jewish family in Ariel, in the West Bank, which severely wounded the son.[255] The bombing was eventually traced to Yaakov "Jack" Teitel, a serial killer who immigrated to Israel
Israel
from the United States, and who was found to be responsible for several bombings, murders and attempted murders in Israel.[256] This antagonism has led to harassment and some violence, especially in Israel, where there is a large and militant Orthodox community. Several Orthodox organizations, including Yad L'Achim, are dedicated to rooting out missionary activity in Israel, including the Messianic Jewish congregations. One tactic is to plaster posters asking Israelis to boycott shops where Messianic Jews
Jews
are owners or employees; another is to report Messianic Jews
Jews
to the Interior ministry, which is charged with enforcing an Israeli law forbidding proselytizing.[257] In another incident, the mayor of Or Yehuda, a suburb of Tel Aviv, held a public book-burning of literature passed out to Ethiopian immigrants. He later apologized for the action.[258] Response of U.S. governments The U.S. Navy made a decision that Messianic Jewish chaplains must wear as their insignia the Christian
Christian
cross, and not the tablets of the law, the insignia of Jewish chaplains. According to Yeshiva World News, a website covering stories of Jewish interest, the Navy Uniform Board commanded that Michael Hiles, a candidate for chaplaincy, wear the Christian
Christian
insignia. Hiles resigned from the program, rather than wear the cross.[259] Rabbi Eric Tokajer, a spokesman for the Messianic Jewish movement, responded that "This decision essentially bars Messianic Jews
Jews
from serving as chaplains within the U.S. Navy because it would require them to wear an insignia inconsistent with their faith and belief system."[260] A Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama
police employee's religious discrimination case was settled in her favor after she filed suit over having to work on the Jewish Sabbath.[261] Messianic organizations Main article: List of Messianic Jewish organizations

Chosen People Ministries (CPM).[262] Coalition of Torah
Torah
Observant Messianic Congregations (CTOMC).[263] HaYesod ("the foundation") is a discipleship course that respectfully explores the Jewish foundation of Christianity. There are currently 259 HaYesod study groups of 5 or more members.[264] International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS).[265] The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Council, an organization seeking to become a ruling council for Messianic believers worldwide.[266] It is in the process of publishing a set of Messianic halakha that the "majority of orthodox Messianic Jews
Jews
accept".[267] Jews
Jews
for Jesus[268][269] (contested)[270] Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA).[271] Messianic Jewish Rabbinate (MJR)[272] Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council, many of whose members are affiliated with the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, has published its standards of Messianic Torah
Torah
observance.[273] Union of Conservative Messianic Synagogues (UCMJS).[274] Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC).[275] Union of Nazarene Yisraelite Congregations (UONYC). Ysharim International, founded by Rabbi Steven Berkowitz

Affiliated organizations

The Church's Ministry Among Jewish People, founded in 1809. [1]

See also

Messianic Judaism
Judaism
portal

Judeo-Christian

Notes

^ a b c Ariel, Yaakov (2006). " Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity
Christianity
Unite! The Unique Culture of Messianic Judaism". In Gallagher, Eugene V.; Ashcraft, W. Michael. Jewish and Christian
Christian
Traditions. Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America. 2. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-275-98714-5. LCCN 2006022954. OCLC 315689134. Retrieved September 9, 2015. In the late 1960s and 1970s, both Jews
Jews
and Christians in the United States were surprised to see the rise of a vigorous movement of Jewish Christians
Jewish Christians
or Christian
Christian
Jews. For many observers, such a combination seemed like an oxymoron, because they saw the two faiths as completely separate from each other. While Christianity
Christianity
started in the first century of the Common Era as a Jewish group, it quickly separated from Judaism
Judaism
and claimed to replace it; ever since the relationship between the two traditions has often been strained. But in the twentieth century, groups of young Jews
Jews
claimed that they had overcome the historical differences between the two religions and amalgamated Jewish traditions and customs with the Christian
Christian
faith. Attempting to overcome the historical difference between the two religious traditions, these Jewish converts to Christianity
Christianity
define themselves as Messianic Jews, thus pointing to the movements ideology of returning to the roots of the Christian
Christian
faith.  ^ a b Melton, J. Gordon. Encyclopedia of Protestantism. Infobase Publishing, 2005, ISBN 978-0-8160-5456-5, p. 373. "Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is a Protestant movement that emerged in the last half of the 20th century among believers who were ethnically Jewish but had adopted an Evangelical Christian
Christian
faith... By the 1960s, a new effort to create a culturally Jewish Protestant Christianity
Christianity
emerged among individuals who began to call themselves Messianic Jews." ^ Kessler, Edward (2005). "Messianic Jews". In Kessler, Edward; Wenborn, Neil. A Dictionary Of Jewish- Christian
Christian
Relations. Cambridge, England: Cambridge
Cambridge
University Press. p. 292. ISBN 978-0-521-82692-1. LCCN 2005012923. [Messianic Judaism's] syncretism confuses Christians and Jews
Jews
...  ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2000). "Messianic Jewish mission". Messianic Judaism. London: Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-8264-5458-4. OCLC 42719687. Retrieved August 10, 2010.  ^ Ariel, Yaakov S. (2000). "Chapter 20: The Rise of Messianic Judaism". Evangelizing the chosen people: missions to the Jews
Jews
in America, 1880–2000 (Google Books). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-8078-4880-7. OCLC 43708450. Retrieved August 10, 2010.  ^ Feher, Shoshanah. Passing over Easter: Constructing the Boundaries of Messianic Judaism, Rowman Altamira, 1998, ISBN 978-0-7619-8953-0, p. 140. "This interest in developing a Jewish ethnic identity may not be surprising when we consider the 1960s, when Messianic Judaism
Judaism
arose." ^ Ariel, Yaakov (2006). " Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity
Christianity
Unite! The Unique Culture of Messianic Judaism". In Gallagher, Eugene V.; Ashcraft, W. Michael. Jewish and Christian
Christian
Traditions. Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America. 2. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-275-98714-5. LCCN 2006022954. OCLC 315689134. Retrieved September 9, 2015. But the generation that came of age in the 1960s and 1970s thought differently about these matters. They wanted to make their own choices and did not feel constrained by old boundaries and taboos. Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity
Christianity
could go hand in hand.…In the first phase of the movement, during the early and mid-1970s, Jewish converts to Christianity
Christianity
established several congregations at their own initiative.  ^ a b c Ariel, Yaakov (2006). " Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity
Christianity
Unite! The Unique Culture of Messianic Judaism". In Gallagher, Eugene V.; Ashcraft, W. Michael. Jewish and Christian
Christian
Traditions. Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America. 2. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 194–195. ISBN 978-0-275-98714-5. LCCN 2006022954. OCLC 315689134. Retrieved September 9, 2015. The term Messianic Judaism
Judaism
came into public use in America in the early 1970s.…The term, however was not entirely new. It was used in the internal debates in the community of converts as early as the beginning of the century.…Missionaries, such as the Southern Baptist Robert Lindsey noted that for Israeli Jews, the term notzrim, "Christians" in Hebrew, meant, almost automatically, a alien hostile religion. Because such a term made it nearly impossible to convince Jews
Jews
that Christianity
Christianity
was their religion, missionaries sought a more neutral term.…They chose Meshychim, Messianic, to overcome the suspicion and antagonism of the term notzrim.…It conveyed the sense of a new, innovative religion rather that [sic] an old, unfavorable one. The term was used in reference to those Jews
Jews
who accepted Jesus as their personal savior, and did not apply to Jews
Jews
accepting Roman Catholicism who in Israel
Israel
have called themselves Hebrew Christians.  ^ Lewis, James R. (2001). Odd Gods: New Religions & the Cult Controversy. Prometheus Books. p. 179. ISBN 978-1-57392-842-7. The origins of Messianic Judaism
Judaism
date to the 1960s when it began among American Jews
Jews
who converted to Christianity.  ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2010). "Modern Jewish Movements". Judaism
Judaism
Today. London; New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-8264-2231-6. LCCN 2009045430. In the 1970s a number of American Jewish converts to Christianity, known as Hebrew
Hebrew
Christians, were committed to a church-based conception of Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity. Yet, at the same time, there emerged a growing segment of the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
community that sought a more Jewish lifestyle. Eventually, a division emerged between those who wished to identify as Jews
Jews
and those who sought to pursue Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian goals.... In time, the name of the movement was changed to Messianic Judaism.  ^ Şenay, Bülent. "Messianic Judaism/Jewish Christianity". Overview of World Religions. Division of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Cumbria. Retrieved May 14, 2012. Hebrew
Hebrew
Christians are quite happy to be integrated into local Christian
Christian
churches, but Messianic Jews
Jews
seek an 'indigenous' expression of theology, worship and lifestyle within the whole church. The latter group emerged in the 1960s when some Christian
Christian
Jews
Jews
adopted the name Messianic Jews ...  ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2000). "Messianic Jewish theology". Messianic Judaism. London: Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-8264-5458-4. OCLC 42719687. Retrieved August 10, 2010.  ^ a b c d "Statement of Faith". Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations. July 19, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2015. There is one God, who has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Every divine action in the world is accomplished by the Father working through the Son and in the power of the Spirit. This God
God
has revealed Himself in creation and in the history of Israel
Israel
as transmitted in Scripture.…In the fullness of time, the Divine Son became a human being—Yeshua the Messiah, born of a Jewish virgin, a true and perfect Israelite, a fitting representative and one-man embodiment of the entire nation. He lived as a holy tzaddik, fulfilling without blemish the mitzvot of the Torah. He brings to perfection the human expression of the divine image.…Yeshua died as an atonement for the sins of Israel
Israel
and of the entire world. He was raised bodily from the dead, as the firstfruits of the resurrection promised to Israel
Israel
as its glorification. He ascended to heaven and was there enthroned at God’s right hand as Israel’s Messiah, with authority extending to the ends of creation.…Forgiveness of sins, spiritual renewal, union with Messiah, the empowering and sanctifying presence of the indwelling Ruach Ha Kodesh, and the confident hope of eternal life and a glorious resurrection are now available to all, Jews
Jews
and Gentiles, who put their faith in Yeshua, the Risen Lord, and in obedience to His word are joined to Him and His Body through immersion and sustained in that union through Messiah’s remembrance meal. Yeshua is the Mediator between God
God
and all creation, and no one can come to the Father except through Him.… Messiah
Messiah
Yeshua will return to Jerusalem in glory at the end of this age, to rule forever on David’s throne. He will effect the restoration of Israel
Israel
in fullness, raise the dead, save all who belong to Him, judge the wicked not written in the Book of Life who are separated from His presence, and accomplish the final Tikkun Olam in which Israel
Israel
and the nations will be united under Messiah’s rule forever.…The writings of Tanakh
Tanakh
and Brit Hadasha are divinely inspired and fully trustworthy (true), a gift given by God
God
to His people, provided to impart life and to form, nurture, and guide them in the ways of truth. They are of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and practice.  ^ a b "Mission and Beliefs". Memphis, Tennessee: B'rit Hadasha Messianic Jewish Synagogue. 2005. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. We believe…The Bible, consisting of the T’nakh ( Hebrew
Hebrew
Scriptures) and the B’rit Hadasha (Apostolic Writings) to be inspired and the only infallible and authoritative Word of God
God
[2 Timothy 3:16-17].…There is one God
God
as declared in the Shema
Shema
[Deuteronomy 6:4], who is “Echad,” a compound unity, revealed in three persons: God
God
the Father, God
God
the Son, and God
God
the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
[Isaiah 48:16-17; Ephesians 4:4-6].…In the Deity of our Lord, Messiah
Messiah
Yeshua, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule.  ^ a b "Statement of Faith". Coalition of Torah
Torah
Observant Messianic Congregations. 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.  ^ a b Ariel, Yaakov (2006). " Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity
Christianity
Unite! The Unique Culture of Messianic Judaism". In Gallagher, Eugene V.; Ashcraft, W. Michael. Jewish and Christian
Christian
Traditions. Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America. 2. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-275-98714-5. LCCN 2006022954. OCLC 315689134. Retrieved September 9, 2015. For example, Messianic Jews, without exception, believe that the way to eternal life is through the acceptance of Jesus
Jesus
as one's personal savior and that no obedience to the Jewish law or "works" is necessary in order to obtain that goal.…Remarkably, it has been exactly this adherence to the basic Christian
Christian
evangelical faith that has allowed Messianic Jews
Jews
to adopt and promote Jewish rites and customs. They are Christians in good standing and can retain whatever cultural attributes and rites they choose.  ^ a b c "Do I need to be Circumcised?". JerusalemCouncil.org. February 10, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2010. To convert to the Jewish sect of HaDerech, accepting Yeshua as your King is the first act after one's heart turns toward HaShem
HaShem
and His Torah
Torah
– as one can not obey a commandment of God
God
if they first do not love God, and we love God
God
by following his Messiah. Without first accepting Yeshua as the King and thus obeying Him, then getting circumcised for the purpose of Jewish conversion only gains you access to the Jewish community. It means nothing when it comes to inheriting a place in the World to Come.... Getting circumcised apart from desiring to be obedient to HaShem, and apart from accepting Yeshua as your King, is nothing but a surgical procedure, or worse, could lead to you believe that Jewish identity grants you a portion in the World to Come – at which point, what good is Messiah
Messiah
Yeshua, the Word of HaShem
HaShem
to you? He would have died for nothing!... As a convert from the nations, part of your obligation in keeping the Covenant, if you are a male, is to get circumcised in fulfillment of the commandment regarding circumcision. Circumcision is not an absolute requirement of being a Covenant member (that is, being made righteous before HaShem, and thus obtaining eternal life), but it is a requirement of obedience to God's commandments, because circumcision is commanded for those who are of the seed of Abraham, whether born into the family, adopted, or converted.... If after reading all of this you understand what circumcision is, and that is an act of obedience, rather than an act of gaining favor before HaShem for the purpose of receiving eternal life, then if you are male believer in Yeshua the Messiah
Messiah
for the redemption from death, the consequence of your sin of rebellion against Him, then pursue circumcision, and thus conversion into Judaism, as an act of obedience to the Messiah.  ^ a b c

Orthodox Simmons, Shraga. "Why Jews
Jews
Don't Believe in Jesus". Aish HaTorah. Retrieved December 13, 2016. Jews
Jews
do not accept Jesus
Jesus
as the messiah because: 1. Jesus
Jesus
did not fulfill the messianic prophecies. 2. Jesus did not embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah. 3. Biblical verses "referring" to Jesus
Jesus
are mistranslations. 4. Jewish belief is based on national revelation.  Conservative Waxman, Jonathan (2006). "Messianic Jews
Jews
Are Not Jews". United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016. Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian, Jewish Christian, Jew for Jesus, Messianic Jew, Fulfilled Jew. The name may have changed over the course of time, but all of the names reflect the same phenomenon: one who asserts that s/he is straddling the theological fence between Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity, but in truth is firmly on the Christian
Christian
side.…we must affirm as did the Israeli Supreme Court in the well-known Brother Daniel case that to adopt Christianity
Christianity
is to have crossed the line out of the Jewish community.  Reform "Missionary Impossible". Hebrew
Hebrew
Union College. August 2, 1999. Retrieved December 13, 2016. Missionary Impossible, an imaginative video and curriculum guide for teachers, educators, and rabbis to teach Jewish youth how to recognize and respond to "Jews-for-Jesus", "Messianic Jews", and other Christian
Christian
proselytizers, has been produced by six rabbinic students at Hebrew
Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Cincinnati School. The students created the video as a tool for teaching why Jewish college and high school youth and Jews
Jews
in intermarried couples are primary targets of Christian missionaries.  Reconstructionist/Renewal "FAQ's About Jewish Renewal". aleph.org. 2007. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2007. What is ALEPH's position on so called messianic Judaism? ALEPH has a policy of respect for other spiritual traditions, but objects to deceptive practices and will not collaborate with denominations which actively target Jews
Jews
for recruitment. Our position on so-called "Messianic Judaism" is that it is Christianity
Christianity
and its proponents would be more honest to call it that. 

^ a b "Why Jews
Jews
Don't Believe in Jesus". Ask the Rabbi. Jerusalem: Ohr Somayach. 2000. Retrieved July 28, 2010. The Christian
Christian
idea of a trinity contradicts the most basic tenet of Judaism
Judaism
– that G-d is One. Jews
Jews
have declared their belief in a single unified G-d twice daily ever since the giving of the Torah
Torah
at Sinai – almost two thousand years before Christianity. The trinity suggests a three part deity: The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19). In Jewish law, worship of a three-part god is considered idolatry; one of the three cardinal sins for which a person should rather give up his life than transgress. The idea of the trinity is absolutely incompatible with Judaism.  ^ a b Kaplan, Dana Evan (August 2005). "Introduction". In Dana Evan Kaplan (ed.). The Cambridge
Cambridge
companion to American Judaism. Cambridge Companions to Religion. New York, New York: Cambridge
Cambridge
University Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-521-82204-6. LCCN 2004024336. CS1 maint: Extra text: editors list (link) ^ "What is HaDerech (Messianic Judaism)?". FAQ. The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Council. February 10, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2010.  ^ a b Lotker, Michael (May 2004). "It's More About What is the Messiah than Who is the Messiah". A Christian's guide to Judaism. New York, New York: Paulist Press. pp. g. 35. ISBN 978-0-8091-4232-3. LCCN 2003024813. It should now be clear to you why Jews
Jews
have such a problem with ' Jews
Jews
for Jesus' or other presentations of Messianic Judaism. I have no difficulty with Christianity. I even accept those Christians who would want me to convert to Christianity
Christianity
so long as they don't use coercion or duplicity and are willing to listen in good faith to my reasons for being Jewish. I do have a major problem with those Christians who would try to mislead me and other Jews
Jews
into believing that one can be both Jewish and Christian.  ^ Kaplan, Aryeh (1985) [1976]. "Why Aren't We Christians?". The Real Messiah? A Jewish Response to Missionaries (PDF). Orthodox Union
Orthodox Union
and NCSY
NCSY
in cooperation with Jews for Judaism (published 2004). pp. 3–6. ISBN 1-879016-11-7. Retrieved September 10, 2015.  ^

Harries, Richard (August 2003). "Should Christians Try to Convert Jews?". After the evil: Christianity
Christianity
and Judaism
Judaism
in the shadow of the Holocaust. New York, New York: Oxford University Press. pp. g. 119. ISBN 978-0-19-926313-4. LCCN 2003273342. Thirdly, there is Jews
Jews
for Jesus
Jesus
or, more generally, Messianic Judaism. This is a movement of people often of Jewish background who have come to believe Jesus
Jesus
is the expected Jewish messiah.... They often have congregations independent of other churches and specifically target Jews
Jews
for conversion to their form of Christianity.  Harris-Shapiro, Carol (1999). "Studying the Messianic Jews". Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi’s Journey Through Religious Change in America (GoogleBooks). Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press. pp. g. 3. ISBN 978-0-8070-1040-2. LCCN 98054864. OCLC 45729039. And while many evangelical Churches are openly supportive of Messianic Judaism, they treat it as an ethnic church squarely within evangelical Christianity, rather than as a separate entity.  Stetzer, Ed (October 13, 2005). "A Missional Church" Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., The Christian
Christian
Index. "Missional churches are indigenous. Churches that are indigenous have taken root in the soil and reflect, to some degree, the culture of their community... The messianic congregation (is)... in this case indigenous to Jewish culture."

^ Kessler, Edward (2005). "Messianic Jews" (GoogleBooks). In Kessler, Edward; Wenborn, Neil. A Dictionary Of Jewish- Christian
Christian
Relations. Cambridge, England: Cambridge
Cambridge
University Press. pp. 292–293. ISBN 978-0-521-82692-1. LCCN 2005012923. OCLC 60340826. Retrieved November 2, 2011. Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is proactive in seeking Jewish converts and is condemned by the vast majority of the Jewish community. Although a Jewish convert to Christianity
Christianity
may still be categorised a Jew according to a strict interpretation of the halakhah (Jewish law), most Jews
Jews
are adamantly opposed to the idea that one can convert to Christianity
Christianity
and still remain a Jew or be considered part of Jewish life. From a mainstream Christian
Christian
perspective Messianic Judaisms can also provoke hostility for misrepresenting Christianity.  ^

"Jewish Conversion – Giyur". JerusalemCouncil.org. JerusalemCouncil.org. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-05. We recognize the desire of people from the nations to convert to Judaism, through HaDerech (The Way)(Messianic Judaism), a sect of Judaism.  Robinson, B. (2006). "Messianic Judaism". Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. Retrieved 2008-04-29.  "Recent incidents suggest rise in violence between Haredi, messianic Jews". Haaretz.com. 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-29.  Haberman, Clyde (1993-02-11). " Jews
Jews
Who Call Jesus
Jesus
Messiah: Get Out, Says Israel". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 

^ a b c Spector, Stephen (5 November 2008). Evangelicals and Israel. Oxford University Press. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-19-970979-3.  ^ a b Berman, Daphna (June 10, 2006). "Aliyah with a cat, a dog and Jesus". Haaretz. Archived from the original on January 17, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2010. In rejecting their petition, Supreme Court Justice Menachem Elon
Menachem Elon
cited their belief in Jesus. ‘In the last two thousand years of history ... the Jewish people have decided that messianic Jews
Jews
do not belong to the Jewish nation ... and have no right to force themselves on it,’ he wrote, concluding that ‘those who believe in Jesus, are, in fact Christians.’  ^ Schoeman, Roy H. (2003). Salvation is from the Jews: the role of Judaism
Judaism
in salvation history from Abraham
Abraham
to the Second Coming. San Francisco, California: Ignatius Press. p. 351. ISBN 978-0-89870-975-9. LCCN 2003105176. By the mid 1970s, Time magazine placed the number of Messianic Jews
Jews
in the U.S. at over 50,000; by 1993 this number had grown to 160,000 in the U.S. and about 350,000 worldwide (1989 estimate).... There are currently over 400 Messianic synagogues worldwide, with at least 150 in the U.S.  ^ Yeoman, Barry (November 15, 2007). "Evangelical movement on the rise". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Archived from the original on May 27, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2011.  ^ Posner, Sarah (November 29, 2012). "Kosher Jesus: Messianic Jews
Jews
in the Holy Land". The Atlantic. Retrieved September 10, 2015.  ^ The Jewish Annotated New Testament
New Testament
by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, p. 757 ^ Barnett, Paul (2002). "17.4 The Churches of Paul". Jesus
Jesus
& the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament
New Testament
Times (Google Books). Westmont, Illinois: InterVarsity Press. p. 367. ISBN 978-0-8308-2699-5. LCCN 99036943. Retrieved May 14, 2012. Nonetheless, Paul appears always to have preached first in the synagogues to offer his fellow Israelites the first opportunity to hear about their Messiah
Messiah
( cf. Rom 1:16).  ^ Such as Epiphanius of Salamis' record of the conversion of Count Joseph of Tiberias and Sozomen's accounts of other Jewish conversions ^ Stemberger, Günter (2000). Jews
Jews
and Christians in the Holy Land: Palestine in the Fourth Century. Continuum. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-567-08699-0.  ^ Flannery, Edward H. (1985) [1965]. "An Oasis and an Ordeal". The Anguish of the Jews: Twenty-Three Centuries of Antisemitism (Google Books) (3rd revised ed.). Paulist Press. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-8091-4324-5. LCCN 85060298. Retrieved May 14, 2012.  ^ Ariel, Yaakov (2006). " Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity
Christianity
Unite! The Unique Culture of Messianic Judaism". In Gallagher, Eugene V.; Ashcraft, W. Michael. Jewish and Christian
Christian
Traditions. Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America. 2. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-275-98714-5. LCCN 2006022954. OCLC 315689134.  ^ John James Moscrop. Measuring Jerusalem: the Palestine Exploration Fund and British ... p. 15 2000 "the perspective of the Holy Land the most important of these societies was the London
London
Jews' Society. Founded in 1809 during the high point of evangelical endeavour, the London
London
Jews' Society was the work of Joseph Samuel Frederick Frey,..." ^ Yiddish language & culture then & now "The first Yiddish New Testament distributed by the BFBS was published by the London
London
Jews Society in 1821; the translator was Benjamin Nehemiah Solomon, "a convert from Judaism, who [had come] over to England
England
from Poland". ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2000). "The emergence of Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity". Messianic Judaism
Judaism
(Google Books). London; New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-8264-5458-4. LCCN 99050300. Retrieved May 22, 2012. On 9 September 1813 a group of 41 Jewish Christians
Jewish Christians
established the Beni Abraham
Abraham
association at Jews' Chapel. These Jewish Christians met for prayer every Sunday morning and Friday evening.  ^ Carl Schwartz The Scattered nation 5 p. 16 1870 "What does the Hebrew- Christian
Christian
Alliance signify? is asked by well-wishers and opponents. True, its objects have been clearly stated from the ... Let me try briefly to state the nature and objects of the Hebrew-Christian Alliance." ^ Jewish Journal of Sociology Volumes 9–10 World Jewish Congress 1967 "It was on 9 September 1813 that a group of forty-one Jewish converts to Christianity
Christianity
met in London
London
setting forth.... Thus, in 1813, Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity
Christianity
was born in England
England
through the efforts of a group of converts calling themselves the Beni Abraham, or Sons of Abraham. This group was followed by a number of others variously known as the Episcopal Jew's Chapel Abrahamic Society (1835), the Hebrew Christian
Christian
Union (1865), and the Hebrew
Hebrew
Christian
Christian
Prayer Union (1882)." ^ William Thomas Gidney The history of the London
London
Society for Promoting Christianity
Christianity
among the Jews
Jews
1908 "As regards missionary work in London
London
during this period we find that the lectures to the Jews
Jews
and also to ... The Jews' Chapel, Spitalfields, had to be given up in 1816, as the minister refused his consent to its being licensed as a place of worship of the Church of England. Frey's connexion with the Society ceased in the same year. ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2003). "Modern Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity
Christianity
and Messianic Judaism". In Tomson, Peter J.; Lambers-Petry, Doris. The Image of the Judaeo-Christians in Ancient Jewish and Christian
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Literature. Colloquium of the Institutum Iudaicum, Brussels 18–19 November 2001. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. 158. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. p. 287. ISBN 978-3-16-148094-2. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2012.  ^ Edward Kessler, Neil Wenborn (2005). A Dictionary of Jewish- Christian
Christian
Relations. Cambridge
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University Press. p. 180. ^ Arnulf Baumann, "Jewish Christians", in Erwin Fahlbusch, Geoffrey William Bromiley (2003). The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Volume 3, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, p. 35. ^ a b Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2000). "The emergence of Hebrew Christianity". Messianic Judaism
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(Google Books). London; New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 18, 19, 24. ISBN 978-0-8264-5458-4. LCCN 99050300. Retrieved May 22, 2012.  ^ Yaakov Shalom Ariel. Evangelizing the Chosen People: Missions to the Jews
Jews
in America, 1880–2000. University of North Carolina Press. p. 19. ^ Peter Hocken (2009). The challenges of the Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Messianic Jewish movements: the tensions of the spirit. Ashgate Publishing, p. 98. ^ Burgess & Van der Maas 2003, p. 871. ^ The Missionary review of the world No. 35 Royal Gould Wilder, Delavan Leonard Pierson, James Manning Sherwood – 1912 "The letter to Joseph Rabinowitz
Joseph Rabinowitz
brought an encouraging answer and also a few copies of the New Testament
New Testament
translated into Hebrew
Hebrew
by Franz Delitzsch. They gave Scheinmann the thought to organize a class of young men for their study" ^ "The Only One in America: A Hebrew- Christian
Christian
Church Dedicated Yesterday", The New York Times, October 12, 1885. p. 2. Archived at The Online Jewish Missions History Project. ^ Ariel, Yaakov S. (2000). "Chapter 1: Eschatology
Eschatology
and Mission". Evangelizing the chosen people: missions to the Jews
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in America, 1880–2000 (Google Books). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-8078-4880-7. OCLC 43708450. Retrieved August 10, 2010.  ^ a b Rausch, David A. (September 1982). "The Messianic Jewish Congregational Movement". The Christian
Christian
Century. 99 (28): 926. Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. As I interviewed their leaders across the United States, I found a prevalent belief that they had coined the term "Messianic Judaism". Others thought that the term had originated within the past ten or 20 years. Most of their opponents also agreed that this was so. In fact, both the term "Messianic Judaism" and the frustration with the movement go back to the 19th century. During 1895 Our Hope magazine, which became a bulwark in the fundamentalist-evangelical movement under the editorship of Arno C. Gaebelein, carried the subtitle "A Monthly Devoted to the Study of Prophecy and to Messianic Judaism".  ^ Harris-Shapiro, Carol (1999). Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi's Journey Through Religious Change in America. Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-8070-1040-2. LCCN 98054864. OCLC 45729039.  ^ a b Randall Herbert Balmer (2002). Encyclopedia of evangelicalism. Westminster John Knox Press. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-664-22409-7. Retrieved 21 August 2011.  ^ "MINUTES OF THE FIRST Hebrew- Christian
Christian
Conference OF THE United States". 1903. Retrieved 21 August 2011.  ^ "International Ministries". Chosen People Ministries. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012.  ^ Ariel, Yaakov S. (2000). "Chapter 19: Years of Quiet Growth". Evangelizing the chosen people: missions to the Jews
Jews
in America, 1880–2000 (Google Books). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-8078-4880-7. OCLC 43708450. Retrieved January 4, 2011.  ^ Feher, Shoshanah (1998). Passing over Easter: Constructing the Boundaries of Messianic Judaism. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press. p. 140. ISBN 978-0761989530.  ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2001). Messianic Judaism: A Critical Anthology. London: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 1. ISBN 978-0826454584.  ^ Juster, Dan (2013). Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 199. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ a b Juster, Dan; Peter Hocken (2004). The Messianic Jewish Movement: An Introduction. p. 15. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Kinzer, Mark (2005). Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian
Christian
Engagement with the Jewish People. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press. p. 286. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Six-Day War ^ Harris-Shapiro, Carol (2000). Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi’s Journey through Religious Change in America. Boston: Beacon Press. p. 286. ISBN 978-0807010419.  ^ Stern, David (2007). Messianic Jewish Manifesto. Clarksville: Jewish New Testament
New Testament
Publications. p. 197. ISBN 978-1880226339.  ^ a b c d Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 73. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ http://baruchhashemsynagogue.org/,“The[permanent dead link] Rise of Messianic Judaism”. ^ Jesus
Jesus
movement ^ Hocken, Peter. "The challenges of the Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Messianic..." p100 - where?. ^ Fleischer, Ruth (1996). So Great A Cloud of Witnesses. U.K. p. 86.  ^ Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 71. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ a b Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ Stern, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: A Modern Movement With an Ancient Past. Clarksville: Jewish New Testament
New Testament
Publications. pp. 74–75. ISBN 978-1880226339.  ^ Liberman, Paul; Jack Wasson (2015). Don’t Call Me Christian. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 209. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ The seven biblical festivals of Leviticus 23 which are also referred to as Jewish festivals or as God’s appointed times. ^ a b Liberman, Paul; Jack Wasson (2015). Don’t Call Me Christian. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 214. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 164,178. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Juster, Dan (2013). Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 200. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 77. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ a b Brotman, Manny (2009). "The Amazing Jewish Book and the God-Shaped Hole in My Soul" in Sid Roth, They Thought for Themselves: Ten Amazing Jews. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 206. ISBN 978-0768428421.  ^ Brotman, Manny (2009). "The Amazing Jewish Book and the God-Shaped Hole in My Soul" in Sid Roth, They Thought for Themselves: Ten Amazing Jews. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 228. ISBN 978-0768428421.  ^ Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ a b Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 101. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2001). Messianic Judaism: A Critical Anthology. London: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 57. ISBN 978-0826454584.  ^ Fleischer, Ruth (1996). So Great A Cloud of Witnesses. U.K. p. 77.  ^ Harris-Shapiro, Carol (2000). Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi’s Journey through Religious Change in America. Boston: Beacon Press. p. 286. ISBN 978-0807010419.  ^ See http://mjmi.org/. ^ Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ a b c d e f g Juster, Dan (1998). "Messianic Judaism." In Burgess, Stanley and Gary B. McGee, Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements,. Grand Rapids. p. 603. ISBN 978-0310441007.  ^ a b c http://www.bethmessiah.com/history ^ a b c d e f g Juster, Dan (2013). Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 200. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 176. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ a b Fleischer, Ruth (1996). So Great A Cloud of Witnesses. U.K. p. 101.  ^ Dan Juster in comments at Tikkun Family Conference 2015 viewed at http://sandrasheskinbrotman.com/videos.htm ^ http://www.sandrasheskinbrotman.com/manny.htm ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. Preface. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/standing-with-israel/18351-martin-chernoff-the-father-of-20th-century-messianic-judaism ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 28. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Juster, Dan (1998). "Messianic Judaism." In Burgess, Stanley and Gary B. McGee, Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Grand Rapids. p. 603. ISBN 978-0310441007.  ^ Fleischer, Ruth (1996). So Great A Cloud of Witnesses. U.K. p. 70-71101.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 61. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 91. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Reform Judaism ^ Hebrew
Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 178. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 99. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 140. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ a b Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 124. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 137. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2001). Messianic Judaism: A Critical Anthology. London: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 64. ISBN 978-0826454584.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 179. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ a b Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 178. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ a b Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 231. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ http://www.ag.org/pentecostal-evangel/Conversations2005/4779_Gannon.cfm[permanent dead link]. ^ Gannon, Ray (2013). The Shifting Romance with Israel. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. preface. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Juster, Dan (1998). "Messianic Judaism." In Burgess, Stanley and Gary B. McGee, Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Grand Rapids. p. 603. ISBN 978-0310441007.  ^ Goble, Phillip (2013). Everything You Need to Grow a Messianic Synagogue. South Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. p. preface. ISBN 978-0878084210.  ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2001). Messianic Judaism: A Critical Anthology. London: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 67. ISBN 978-0826454584.  ^ a b c http://www.ahavatzion.org/our-history ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2017-03-15.  ^ Email from Dr. Daniel Juster ^ http://mjbi.org/history ^ Email from Dr. Ray Gannon ^ Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 73. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ Juster, Dan (2009). That They May Be One: A Brief Review of Church Restoration Movements and Their Connection to the Jewish People,. Messianic Jewish Publishers. p. 89. ISBN 978-1880226711. Gentile churches do not need to look like Messianic Jewish synagogues. Christianity
Christianity
reflects aspects that are a legitimate contextualization of truth in gentile cultures. To conform the Church to the whole of Torah
Torah
and seek to make churches into Messianic Jewish synagogues in expression is a mistake.  ^ http://www.tikkunministries.org/aboutus.php, “Tikkun International is a Messianic Jewish umbrella organization for an apostolic network of leaders, congregations and ministries in covenantal relationship for mutual accountability, support and equipping to extend the Kingdom of God
God
in America, Israel, and throughout the world.” ^ Juster, Dan (2013). Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 2009. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ a b Juster, Dan (2013). Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 199. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 178. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ a b Liberman, Paul; Jack Wasson (2015). Don’t Call Me Christian. Nashville: Abingdon Press. pp. 205–209. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ a b c d Resnik, Russ (2010). Introducing Messianic Judaism
Judaism
and the UMJC. Albuquerque, NM, Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations. p. 21.  ^ Juster, Dan (2013). Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. pp. 204, 333. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Juster, Dan (1998). "Messianic Judaism." In Burgess, Stanley and Gary B. McGee, Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements,. Grand Rapids. p. 603. ISBN 978-0310441007.  ^ http://mjbi.org/history.php. ^ Juster, Dan (2013). Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 201. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Fleischer, Ruth (1996). So Great A Cloud of Witnesses. U.K. p. 100.  ^ Robinson, Rich (2005). The Messianic Movement: A Field Guide for Evangelical Christians. San Francisco: Purple Pomegranate. p. 24.  ^ http://www.adathatikvah.org/about-us/ ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2001). Messianic Judaism: A Critical Anthology. London: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 39. ISBN 978-0826454584.  ^ Resnik, Russ (2010). Introducing Messianic Judaism
Judaism
and the UMJC. Albuquerque, NM, Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations. p. 16.  ^ Juster, Dan (1998). "Messianic Judaism." In Burgess, Stanley and Gary B. McGee, Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements,. Grand Rapids. pp. 602–603. ISBN 978-0310441007.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 28. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ a b Liberman, Paul; Jack Wasson (2015). Don’t Call Me Christian. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 209. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Liberman, Paul; Jack Wasson (2015). Don’t Call Me Christian. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 210. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ a b http://www.bethmessiah.com/history. ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 131. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. pp. 134–136. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 175. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 189. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 240. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. p. 188. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-03-16.  ^ Chernoff, Yohanna (1996). Born A Jew…Die A Jew. Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications. pp. 241–242. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Rausch, David (2007). Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology, and Polity. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 106. ISBN 978-0802410764.  ^ Juster, Dan; Peter Hocken (2004). The Messianic Jewish Movement: An Introduction. p. 200. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Fleischer, Ruth (1996). So Great A Cloud of Witnesses. U.K. p. 96.  ^ Liberman, Paul; Jack Wasson (2015). Don’t Call Me Christian. Nashville: Abingdon Press. p. 214. ISBN 978-0984929443.  ^ Robinson, Rich (2005). The Messianic Movement: A Field Guide for Evangelical Christians. San Francisco: Purple Pomegranate. p. 42. ISBN 978-1881022626.  ^ Juster, Dan (2013). Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 204. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ Juster, Dan (2013). Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 333. ISBN 978-0768442038.  ^ http://www.tikkunministries.org ^ Ariel, Yaakov (2006). " Judaism
Judaism
and Christianity
Christianity
Unite! The Unique Culture of Messianic Judaism". In Gallagher, Eugene V.; Ashcraft, W. Michael. Jewish and Christian
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Traditions. Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America. 2. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 214–215. ISBN 978-0-275-98714-5.  ^ a b Beer, Michael (2005). "The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Messianic Seal. A Mystery". Retrieved August 11, 2010.  ^ a b Nerel, Gershon (2001). "Symbols used by Messianic Judaism
Judaism
in Israel
Israel
Today". International Messianic Jewish Alliance. Archived from the original on June 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2010.  ^ Schmalz, Reuven Efraim, Raymond Robert Fischer; Fischer, Raymond Robert (1999). The Messianic seal of the Jerusalem
Jerusalem
church. Tiberias, Israel: Olim Publications. ISBN 978-965-222-962-5. OCLC 48454022.  ^ "How Many Distinct Symbols Do You See??". Threemacs.org. 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2010.  ^ "Typical Messianic Statement of Faith". Messianic Jewish Alliance of America. 2007. Archived from the original on April 5, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-23.  ^ "Everything you need to grow a Messianic Synagogue" (PDF). p. 19.  ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-04.  ^ Kinzer, Mark (Summer 2010). "Finding Our Way Through Nicaea: The Deity of Yeshua, Bilateral Ecclesiology, and Redemptive Encounter with the Living God". Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism
Judaism
(24). Retrieved December 13, 2016. Paul likely uses the term Kyrios here as a Greek substitute for both the tetragram- maton and the Hebrew
Hebrew
word Adonai (“My lord”), which in Jewish practice acts as its surrogate. In this way he builds upon the most fundamental biblical confession of faith, the Shema, highlighting the two primary divine names (Theos/Elohim and Kyrios/Adonai) and the word “one.” Paul thus expands the Shema
Shema
to include Yeshua within a differentiated but singular deity. The nicene Creed adopts Paul’s language (“one God, the Father…one Lord, Yeshua the Messiah…”), and thereby affirms its own continuity with the Shema. Paul’s short confession is a Yeshua-faith interpretation of the Shema, and the nicene Creed is an expanded interpretation of Paul’s confession.  ^ a b c "What We Believe". Havertown, Pennsylvania: International Alliance of Messianic Congregations & Synagogues. 2012. Archived from the original on June 5, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.  ^ a b Israel
Israel
b. Betzalel (2009). "Trinitarianism". JerusalemCouncil.org. Retrieved 2009-07-03. This then is who Yeshua is: He is not just a man, and as a man, he is not from Adam, but from God. He is the Word of HaShem, the Memra, the Davar, the Righteous One, he didn't become righteous, he is righteous. He is called God's Son, he is the agent of HaShem
HaShem
called HaShem, and he is "HaShem" who we interact with and not die.  ^ Kerstetter, Adam Yisroel (2007). "Who Do You Say That I Am? An introduction to the true Messiah
Messiah
from a non-Trinitarian view". Archived from the original on March 30, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2010. The material presented below has been researched to great lengths and is based totally on the Scriptures. I have examined both sides of the subject and can assure you that I have no ax to grind, but have found that the information on the Trinity
Trinity
is without any foundation, nor is it supported by the language of the Scripture. Let me state that I believe in our Heavenly Father and in his Son Y'shua (Jesus) and that the Father sent Y'shua to be a way back to Him and a means for our salvation, but I do not believe the Scripture supports the idea of the Moshiach (Messiah) being G-d of very G-d. When wrong ideas of the Mashiach are espoused they put us on the course of misinterpretations and a misconception of who our Mashiach and his Heavenly Father are. These misconceptions and misinterpretations lead us further away from the truth and ultimately further away from the Father who is the only true G-d.  ^ Nadler, Sam (October 19, 2011). "How Can a Man Become God?". Charlotte, North Carolina: Word of Messiah
Messiah
Ministries. Archived from the original on August 3, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012. Micah the prophet not only gives further detail about His Divine Nature, but also specifically where He would be born. “But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, little among the thousands of Judah, out of you will go forth for Me, one who will be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from days of eternity" (Micah 5:2-v.1 in the Hebrew
Hebrew
text). Micah clearly states that Israel's Ruler would not only be "born", in Bethlehem, but his "goings forth" would be from eternity (olam). That is, He who would be born in Bethlehem is God, the Eternal One!  ^ "Our Mission and Message". First Fruits of Zion. 2010. p. 14. Retrieved September 9, 2010.  ^ "Doctrinal Statement". Lev HaShem
HaShem
Messianic Synagogue. 2004. Archived from the original on December 8, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2010. We believe that Yeshua HaMashiach is the Jewish Messiah. "Therefore, the L-rd Himself will give you a sign: the virgin shall be with child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel (G-d with us)." Yeshayahu 7:14. We believe in His virgin birth conceived by the Ruach HaKodesh. We do not believe that a man can become G-d. "For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us, dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name PELE-YOETZ, EL GIBBOR, AVI-AD SAR SHALOM (Wonderful Counselor, Mighty G-d, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace)" Yeshayahu 9:6–7. "That in honor of HaShem
HaShem
(the Name), Yeshua took the form of humanity and that G-d has given Him the name above every name". Philippians 2:6–11  ^ See Messiah# Christian
Christian
view for further elaboration ^ Berkley, George E. (February 1997). "And Collapse ... and Collapse". Jews. Boston, Massachusetts: Branden Books. p. g. 129. ISBN 978-0-8283-2027-6. LCCN 96047021. A more rapidly growing organization [than Jews
Jews
for Jesus] is the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America which seeks to incorporate many of the trappings of Judaism
Judaism
with the tenets of Christianity. Its congregants assemble on Friday evening and Saturday morning, recite Hebrew
Hebrew
prayers, and sometimes even wear talliot (prayer shawls). But they worship not just God
God
but Jesus, whom they call Yeshua.  ^ "Messianic Beliefs". Beit Simcha. 2009. Archived from the original on July 30, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2012. To study the whole and authoritative Word of God, including the Tenach ( Hebrew
Hebrew
Bible) and the B'rit Chadasha (New Testament) under the leading of the Holy Spirit  ^ "Halakah and Messianic Judaism". Standards of Observance. New Haven, Connecticut: Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council. 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2012. Within Tanakh, Jewish tradition has always regarded the Torah (the Pentateuch) as possessing unique authority in the development of Halakhah. While the Prophets and the Writings amplify and clarify the intent of the Torah, the Torah
Torah
is always foundational in matters of Halakhah. In addition to Tanakh, we as Messianic Jews
Jews
have another authoritative source for the making of halakhic decisions: the Apostolic Writings.... In addition, the Book of Acts and the Apostolic Letters provide crucial halakhic guidance for us in our lives as Messianic Jews.... They also provide guidelines relevant to other areas of Messianic Jewish Halakhah, including (but not restricted to) areas such as distinctive Messianic rites, household relationships, and dealing with secular authorities.... As Messianic Jews
Jews
we affirm the special precedence given to Scriptural law in Rabbinic Halakhah. However, we also affirm the Scriptural character of the Apostolic Writings. While the Torah
Torah
is foundational in relation to the teaching of Yeshua and the Shelichim (Apostles), the writings that record that teaching (the New Covenant
New Covenant
Scripture) are also inspired, and they offer us an entirely reliable guide to the meaning and intent of the Mosaic Torah.  ^ "Defining the Old and New Covenant". The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Council. February 10, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2012. The Torah
Torah
is the full description of the Messiah, Yeshua ben Yosef mi'Netzaret. Thus by implication, and often by reference, the Torah
Torah
of G-d (which he gave to Moses) is the Messiah, who is the Word of HaShem. Since the Torah
Torah
is the Messiah
Messiah
in this sense that he is the Word of HaShem, then it is rightly said that he is also the Covenant G-d makes with all men.... When G-d makes his Covenant with us as sinners, which was made on that day with all who were "there" and "not there" in Deuteronomy 29:14–15, our inclination to sin caused us to break it the moment we sinned (and all have sinned in Adam). So then when G-d renews his Covenant with us (as a new regenerated man alive to the Messiah, the Torah) it is therefore to us, renewed, and to the new man (that is, we who are the righteous in Messiah) it is "new". Thus that is why it is called a "new" or "renewed" Covenant.... Brit Chadashah = Covenant Renewed  ^ "Essential Statement of Faith". The Harvest: A Messianic Charismatic Congregation. 2010. Archived from the original on November 27, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. We believe that the Torah
Torah
(five books of Moses) is a comprehensive summary of God's foundational laws and ways, as found in both the Tanakh
Tanakh
and Apostolic Scriptures. Additionally, the Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see God. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation. Therefore we encourage all believers, both Jews
Jews
and Gentiles, to affirm, embrace, and practice these foundational laws and ways as clarified through the teachings of Messiah
Messiah
Yeshua.  ^ Brown, Michael. "Jewish Roots". Chosen People Ministries. Retrieved September 9, 2015. …I will present some foundational truths from the Scriptures, and as you continue to research the matter for yourself, these truths will lead to one inescapable conclusion: It is the Tanakh rather than the Talmud
Talmud
and the rabbinic traditions that must be followed if we are to be totally faithful to the Lord.…Which, then, will you follow? The written Word or the traditions of men? When you stand before God, what will you say?  ^ a b c "So, What Exactly is a Messianic Congregation?". RabbiYeshua.com. Kehilat Sar Shalom. 2001. Retrieved 2007-02-20. When we begin to study and observe Torah
Torah
to become like Messiah, there are pitfalls we must avoid. One such pitfall is the study of Mishnah
Mishnah
and Talmud
Talmud
(Rabbinic traditional Law). There are many people and congregations that place a great emphasis on rabbinic legal works, such as the Mishnah
Mishnah
and the Talmud
Talmud
in search of their Hebrew
Hebrew
roots. People are looking to the rabbis for answers on how to keep God's commands, but if one looks into the Mishnah
Mishnah
and does what it says, he or she is not a follower of the Messiah. Or, if one looks into the Talmud
Talmud
and does what it says, he or she is not a follower of the Messiah
Messiah
– he or she is a follower of the rabbis because Rabbi Yeshua, the Messiah, is not quoted there.... Rabbinic Judaism
Judaism
is not Messianic Judaism. Rabbinic Judaism
Judaism
is not founded in Messiah. Rabbinic Judaism, for the most part, is founded in the yeast – the teachings of the Pharisees. Yeshua's teachings and the discipleship that He brought His students through was not Rabbinic Judaism. There is a real danger in Rabbinics. There is a real danger in Mishnah
Mishnah
and Talmud. No one involved in Rabbinics has ever come out on the other side more righteous than when he or she entered. He or she may look "holier than thou" – but they do not have the life changing experience clearly represented in the lives of the believers of the Messianic communities of the first century.  ^ Bernay, Adam J. (December 3, 2007). "Who we are". beit-tefillah.com]. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2007-12-20. "Orthodox Messianic" groups (they go by many names) teach that you must keep the commandments in order to be saved, and not just the commandments in the Scripture, but the traditional rules as coined by Judaism
Judaism
since the Temple was destroyed... essentially, they teach that we must keep Orthodox Judaism, but with the addition of Yeshua. We do NOT teach this in any way, shape, or form. Some of the traditions are right and good, and in keeping with the commandments. Others are not. Only by studying to show ourselves approved of God
God
can we rightly divide the word of truth and discover how God
God
calls us to live.  ^ a b c Burgess 2006, p. 308. ^ "Points of Order (#4)". Statement of Faith. Coalition of Torah Observant Messianic Congregations. 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. The Torah
Torah
in our usage never refers to the Talmud
Talmud
but, while we do not consider the Talmud
Talmud
or any other commentary on the Scriptures as the Word of G-d, we believe that the writings of Oral Tradition, such as the Talmud, the Mishnah, and the Midrash Rabbah, also contain further insight into the character of G-d and His dealings with His people.  ^ "Mission, Vision, & Purpose of the Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Council". JerusalemCouncil.org. JerusalemCouncil.org. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-12-23.  ^ "Authoritative Sources in Halakhic Decision Making". Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council. ourrabbis.org. 2007. Archived from the original on June 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. In Jewish tradition as a whole, Scripture is of paramount importance and authority in the development of Halakhah. In principle, issues become "Halakhic" because they are connected to some area of life in which Scripture reveals certain authoritative norms. In addressing those issues, Scripture is not the only resource consulted. However, it is always the source of greatest sanctity. Thus, when Rabbinic literature distinguishes between laws that are d'oraita (biblically mandated) and those that are d'rabbanan (rabbinically mandated), precedence is always given to those that are d'oraita.  ^ "In Search of Messianic Jewish Thought". GoogleCache. GoogleCache. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2008-01-07. John Fischer affirms that Yeshua himself supported the traditions of the Pharisees
Pharisees
which were very close to what later became rabbinic halacha. Messianic Jews
Jews
today should not only take note of rabbinic tradition but incorporate it into Messianic Jewish halachah. The biblical pattern for Fischer is that "Yeshua, the Apostles, and the early Messianic Jews
Jews
all deeply respected the traditions and devoutly observed them, and in so doing, set a useful pattern for us to follow." Citing Fischer, John, "Would Yeshua Support Halacha?" in Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, Albuquerque, New Mexico: UMJC, 1997, pp. 51–81. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ Brad H. Young (1997). Paul the Jewish Theologian: A Pharisee among Christians, Jews, and Gentiles. Hendrickson Publishers. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-56563-248-6. Paul calls himself a Pharisee. We should listen to what Paul tells us about himself. In fact, there is no evidence anywhere in the New Testament, that he departed from his firm convictions as a Pharisee. [Note that others cite I Cor. 9:20–21 as evidence that he no longer strictly followed the Torah
Torah
and as explaining why he sometimes did so in front of his fellow Jews.]  ^ "Acts 23:6 NASB – But perceiving that one group were". Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2012-08-15.  ^ "IS PAUL THE FATHER OF MISOGYNY AND ANTISEMITISM?".  ^ "Everything you need to grow a Messianic Synagogue" (PDF). pp. 5–6.  ^ Nadler, Sam (c. 2009). "Messianic Discipleship". Word of Messiah Ministries. pp. 37–38. Archived from the original on 2011-02-11.  ^ "Statement of Faith". Kehilat T'Nuvah. graftedin.com. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-01-07. Just as the prophet Isaiah foretold (Isa. 56), Yahweh is gathering many from the nations to those whom He already gathered (Israel). Together these individuals comprise the universal church (covenant community of Yahweh). These Jews
Jews
and Gentiles in Messiah
Messiah
collectively are called Israel
Israel
throughout the Scriptures. There is no other "church" or covenant community; just one new man, one torah, one Messiah, one Spirit, one God.  ^ "Who Is A Jew? Messianic Style". Chaia Kravitz. MessianicJewishOnline.com. 2007. Archived from the original on August 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-23. In Messianic Judaism, children are generally regarded as being Jewish with one Jewish parent. Since we are one in Messiah, both Jew and Gentile, there is not sharp division between the two groups. Therefore, if a Gentile has a heart for Israel and God's Torah, as well as being a Believer in Yeshua, and this person marries a Jewish Believer, it is not considered an "intermarriage" in the same way Rabbinic Judaism
Judaism
sees it, since both partners are on the same spiritual plane. Children born from this union are part of God's Chosen, just like the Gentile parent who has been grafted into the vine of Israel
Israel
through His grace.  ^ "2.1 Identity". JerusalemCouncil.org. Archived from the original on June 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-12.  ^ "Jewish Status". Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-19.  ^ a b "What are the Standards of the UMJC?". FAQ. Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations. June 2004. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2010. Yeshua is the Messiah
Messiah
promised to Israel
Israel
in the Torah
Torah
and prophets. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, He provided the atoning sacrifice that gives assurance of eternal life to those who genuinely trust in Him. Jewish people, along with all people, need the spiritual redemption that is only available in Messiah
Messiah
Yeshua, and need to put their trust in Him and His sacrificial work.  ^ "The Case for Conversion: Welcoming Non- Jews
Jews
into Messianic Jewish Space". Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-19.  ^ One Law Movements; a Challenge to the Messianic Jewish Community Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. January 28, 2005 ^ One Law Movements A Response to Russ Resnik & Daniel Juster ^ CTOMC Statement of Faith §8 ^ MJAA position paper:The Ephraimite
Ephraimite
Error Archived July 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Supersessionism". nabion.org. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2010.  ^ Koziar, Pete. "Winds of Doctrine: Replacement Theology". messianicassociation.org. Retrieved 8 December 2010.  ^ "Holiday Chart". Heartofwisdom.com. biblicalholidays.com. 2007. Archived from the original on 2000-03-01. Retrieved 2007-08-23.  ^ "Statement of Faith". Ctomc.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-08-15.  ^ Matthew 5:17–19, Matthew 28:19–20, 1 John 3:4, Romans 3:3 ^ a b Worshill, Ric (2008). "Why Messianic Jews
Jews
Use Liturgy During Their Worship Services". Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship. Retrieved May 14, 2012.  ^ Worshill, Ric (2008). "Why Messianic Jews
Jews
Use Liturgy During Their Worship Services". Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship. Retrieved May 14, 2012. The purpose and reasons are obvious. There are three functions in the good work we do in Mashiach. When it is not about bringing others to Yeshua we should forget about it. If it is not about our gaining more of Yeshua in our lives, we must forget about it. If it is not about Yeshua we better forget about it. It is about Him, and service to Him. He is the giver of Salvation. We can do nothing except choose Life in Yeshua and yet He chose us first (John 15:6–17).  ^ Feher, Shoshanah. Passing over Easter: Constructing the Boundaries of Messianic Judaism, Rowman Altamira, 1998, ISBN 978-0-7619-8953-0, p. 20 The Messianic movement has eliminated the elements of Christian
Christian
worship that cannot be directly linked to their Jewish roots. Communion is therefore associated with Passover, since the Eucharist originated during Ushua's Last Supper, held at Passover. In this way, Passover
Passover
is given a new, Yshua-centered meaning. ^ "Holidays". Archived from the original on 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2008-02-09.  ^ a b Reinckens, Rick (2002). "Frequently Asked Questions". MessianicJews. Info. Archived from the original on 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2007-02-15.  ^ "Kashrut". Archived from the original on January 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-09.  ^ http://www.messianicjews.info/general/faq.html ^ "For those beyond childhood claiming Jewish identity, other public acts or declarations may be added or substituted after consultation with their rabbi". Retrieved September 22, 2010.  ^ Carol Harris-Shapiro Messianic Judaism: a rabbi's journey through religious change in 1999 "However, not all Messianic believers are Jews. Nothing is as problematic as the large numbers of Messianic Gentiles in the movement. To claim Jewish identity when one is not Jewish oneself adds another layer of struggle: "We are Jews!" ^ Brown Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus
Jesus
p. 12 2000 ^ "Competing Trends In Messianic Judaism: The Debate Over Evangelicalism Issue 18". Kesher Journal. Retrieved 2012-08-15.  ^ Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Messianic Judaism
Judaism
2000 p. 161 "For Gentile Christians, baptism is perceived as a means of entering into the body of Christ. Within Messianic Judaism, however, immersion is understood as a religious act symbolizing the believer's commitment to Yeshua: the faithful are " ^ a b "Jewish Conversion Process". JerusalemCouncil.org. February 10, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2010. The process of Jewish Conversion is: 1. Repent by keeping the Covenant (Return to the Torah, get circumcised if male, and commit to the Torah).... 2. Believe Yeshua is the Messiah, and that he is coming as the King (Obey everything He commands, which is the Torah).... 3. Be immersed in the name of Yeshua, witnessed by others (Go through a mikveh in his name).  ^ "The Case for Conversion: Welcoming Non- Jews
Jews
into Messianic Jewish Space". OurRabbis.org. OurRabbis.org. 2008. Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-02.  ^ Ariel, Yaakov (October 1, 2006). The unique Culture of Messianic in "Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America". Harcourt Education, Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-313-05078-7.  ^ Shapiro Messianic Judaism: a rabbi's journey through religious change in America. p. 106 ^ Ariel, Yaakov (October 1, 2006). Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America. Harcourt Education, Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-313-05078-7.  ^ "History of Lamb". Lamb Messianic Music. Messianic Records, Inc. 2014. Archived from the original on February 12, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2015.  ^ "Bio". Ted Pearce. 2014. Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015.  ^ "The Feast of Tabernacles CD". Christianbook.com. Christian
Christian
Book Distributors. 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2015.  ^ "Kadosh". allthelyrics.com. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010.  ^ The Watchman CD. Retrieved 2010-10-12.  ^ Peter J. Tomson, Doris Lambers-Petry The image of the Judaeo-Christians in ancient Jewish and Christian
Christian
... 2003 p. 292 "From outside the movement hostile criticism of Messianic Judaism
Judaism
was voiced by such bodies as the Fellowship of Christian
Christian
Testimonies to the Jews. At their annual conference from 16 to 19 October 1975 a resolution was passed condemning " ^ A dictionary of Jewish- Christian
Christian
relations (2005). Dr. Edward Kessler, Neil Wenborn. p. 97. "Messianic Jews
Jews
in Israel
Israel
who accept Yeshua ( Hebrew
Hebrew
for Jesus) as the Messiah
Messiah
are supported, when they meet with hostility, by CMJ/ITAC. In the 1980s CMJ gave some support to evangelistic campaigns by Jews
Jews
for Jesus," ^ Cohn-Sherbok 2000, p. 183. ^ Rabbi David Berger, Dabru Emet - Some Reservations about a Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity ^ Schochet, Jacob
Jacob
Immanuel (July 29, 1999). " Judaism
Judaism
has no place for those who betray their roots". Canadian Jewish News. For a Jew, however, any form of shituf is tantamount to idolatry in the fullest sense of the word. There is then no way that a Jew can ever accept Jesus
Jesus
as a deity, mediator or savior (messiah), or even as a prophet, without betraying Judaism.  ^ Grudem, Wayne A. (1994). "The Atonement". Systematic Theology: an introduction to biblical doctrine (Google Books). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan. p. 569. ISBN 978-0-310-28670-7. OCLC 29952151. Retrieved September 13, 2010.  ^ Cohn-Sherbok 2000, p. 182. ^ Simmons, Shraga (March 6, 2004). "Why Jews
Jews
Don't Believe in Jesus". Aish HaTorah. Retrieved September 13, 2010.  ^

Ariel, Yaakov (2005) [1995]. "Protestant Attitudes to Jews
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and Judaism During the Last Fifty Years". In Robert S. Wistrich
Robert S. Wistrich
(ed.). Terms of survival: the Jewish world since 1945 (Digital Printing ed.). New York, New York: Routledge. p. g. 343. ISBN 978-0-415-10056-4. LCCN 94022069. CS1 maint: Extra text: editors list (link) Simmons, Shraga. "Messianic Jews, Buddhist Jews". Ask Rabbi Simmons. About.com. Retrieved 2007-02-14.  Schoen, Robert (April 2004). "Jews, Jesus, and Christianity". What I Wish My Christian
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Friends Knew about Judaism. Chicago: Loyola Press. p. g. 11. ISBN 978-0-8294-1777-7. LCCN 2003024404. Retrieved 2007-02-14.  "Messianic Judaism: A Christian
Christian
Missionary Movement". Messiah
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Truth Project. Archived from the original on 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2007-02-14.  Ariel, David S. (1995). "The Messiah". What do Jews
Jews
believe?: The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism. New York, New York: Schocken Books. p. g. 212. ISBN 978-0-8052-4119-8. LCCN 94003550.  Nuesner, Jacob
Jacob
(February 2000) [1994]. "Come, Let us Reason Together". A Rabbi Talks With Jesus. Donald H. Akerson (forward) (Revised ed.). Canada: McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 3–4. ISBN 978-0-7735-2046-2. LCCN 2001339789. Retrieved 2007-02-14.  Schiffman, Lawrence H. (1993). "Meeting the Challenge: Hebrew Christians and the Jewish Community" (PDF). Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-14. Though Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity
Christianity
claims to be a form of Judaism, it is not. It is nothing more than a disguised effort to missionize Jews
Jews
and convert them to Christianity. It deceptively uses the sacred symbols of Jewish observance ... as a cover to convert Jews
Jews
to Christianity, a belief system antithetical to Judaism.... Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity
Christianity
is not a form of Judaism
Judaism
and its members, even if they are of Jewish birth, cannot be considered members of the Jewish community. Hebrew
Hebrew
Christians are in radical conflict with the communal interests and the destiny of the Jewish people. They have crossed an unbreachable chasm by accepting another religion. Despite this separation, they continue to attempt to convert their former coreligionists.  Balmer, Randall Herbert (November 2004). "Messianic Judaism". Encyclopedia of evangelicalism (Rev. and expanded ed.). Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press. pp. 448–449. ISBN 978-1-932792-04-1. LCCN 2004010023. Retrieved 2007-02-14. Messianic Jewish organizations, such as Jews
Jews
for Jesus, often refer to their faith as fulfilled Judaism, in that they believe Jesus
Jesus
fulfilled the Messianic prophecies. Although Messianic Judaism claims to be Jewish, and many adherents observe Jewish holidays, most Jews
Jews
regard Messianic Judaism
Judaism
as deceptive at best, fraudulent at worst. They charge that Messianic Judaism
Judaism
is actually Christianity presenting itself as Judaism. Jewish groups are particularly distressed at the aggressive evangelistic attempts on the part of Messianic Jews. 

^ Harris-Shapiro 1998, p. 177. ^ Cohn-Sherbok 2000, p. 211. ^ "One of the more alarming trends in antisemitic activity in Canada in 1998 was the growing number of incidents involving messianic organizations posing as "synagogues". These missionizing organizations are in fact evangelical Christian
Christian
proselytizing groups, whose purpose is specifically to target members of the Jewish community for conversion. They fraudulently represent themselves as Jews, and these so-called synagogues are elaborately disguised Christian churches.""Audit of Antisemitic Incidents. Missionaries and Messianic Churches". 1998. Archived from the original on 2006-07-19.  ^ Singer, Tovia (2006). "About Us". Outreach Judaism. Retrieved 2010-12-18.  ^ Yonke, David (February 11, 2006). "Rabbi says Messianic Jews
Jews
are Christians in disguise". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio.  ^ a b Myers, Calev (April 16, 2008). "Justice in Israel". Jerusalem Institute of Justice, and organization supporting the rights of "Israeli Evangelical believers, Messianic Jews
Jews
and families of mixed (Jewish-Christian) marriages". Retrieved 2008-04-24. In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court of Israel
Supreme Court of Israel
ratified a settlement between twelve Messianic Jewish believers and the State of Israel, which states that being a Messianic Jew does not prevent one from receiving citizenship in Israel
Israel
under the Law of Return
Law of Return
or the Law of Citizenship, if one is a descendent of Jews
Jews
on one's father's side (and thus not Jewish according to halacha). This Supreme Court decision brought an end to a legal battle that has carried on for two and a half years. The applicants were represented by Yuval Grayevsky and Calev Myers
Calev Myers
from the offices of Yehuda Raveh & Co., and their legal costs were subsidized by the Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Institute of Justice. There is a growing trend, today, to use the term Messianic Believers, which solves the objections of Jews
Jews
and makes the movement more 'accessible' to Gentiles as well, who make up a significant proportion of those who attend Messianic fellowships. This is important because some fellowships under the heading Messianic Judaism, do not actually have any Jews
Jews
as members and the title does not, therefore, reflect the reality on the ground.  ^ "Israeli Court Rules Jews
Jews
for Jesus
Jesus
Cannot Automatically Be Citizens". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 27, 1989. Retrieved August 13, 2010. Messianic Jews
Jews
are not entitled to automatic Israeli citizenship, Israel's Supreme Court has ruled, concluding that their belief that Jesus
Jesus
was the Messiah
Messiah
makes them Christians instead of Jews. The ruling, published in Israeli newspapers today, supported Orthodox religious interpretations of the state's 1950 Law of Return. The law forms the basis of Jewish immigration to Israel. The law and its subsequent amendments define a Jew as a person born to a Jewish mother or who converts to Judaism
Judaism
and professes no other faith. Orthodox politicians have long sought a more precise definition, and the court's Christmas Day ruling has resolved one issue. The 100-page decision said that belief in Jesus
Jesus
made one a member of another faith and ineligible for automatic Israeli citizenship, The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post, Hadashot and Yediot Ahronot reported.... "Messianic Jews
Jews
attempt to reverse the wheels of history by 2,000 years," Justice Elon wrote in a passage quoted by the Israeli newspapers. "But the Jewish people has decided during the 2,000 years of its history" that Messianic Jews
Jews
"do not belong to the Jewish nation and have no right to force themselves on it. Those who believe in Jesus
Jesus
are, in fact, Christians."  ^ Izenberg, Dan (April 22, 2008). "Court applies Law of Return
Law of Return
to Messianic Jews
Jews
because of fathers". The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post. Retrieved 2008-04-24. [permanent dead link] ^ "Messianic Jews
Jews
Claim Victory in Israeli Court". CBNnews.com. April 18, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2012. The Supreme Court of Israel
Supreme Court of Israel
ruled Wednesday that being a Messianic Jew cannot prevent Israeli citizenship if the Jewish descent is from the person's father's side.  ^ "2008 Report on International Religious Freedom – Israel
Israel
and the occupied territories". Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. government. Retrieved 2008-09-29.  ^ Wagner, Matthew. "US report: Rise in violence against Messianic Jews and Christians". The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post. Archived from the original on 2010. Retrieved 2008-09-26.  ^ Chris Mitchell. "Suspect Arrest Announced in Ami Ortiz Case". Inside Israel, CBN.com, Christian
Christian
News 24-7. Retrieved 2012-08-15.  ^ Azulai, Yuval (October 3, 2009). "איך נלחם ארגון "יד לאחים" ביהודים המשיחיים? רמז: כל האמצעים כשרים" [How does the Yad L'Achim organization battle Messianic Jews? Hint: Anything goes]. Haaretz
Haaretz
(in Hebrew). Retrieved August 10, 2010.  ^ McGirk, Tim (June 6, 2008). "Israel's Messianic Jews
Jews
Under Attack". Time. Retrieved August 4, 2010.  ^ "US Navy Tells Messianic Jewish Chaplain He Must Wear Cross". The Yeshiva World News. December 23, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2010.  ^ Tokajer, Eric (December 29, 2008). "Messianic Jew Barred from Serving as Jewish Chaplain by US Navy". Pensacola, Florida: Messianic Daily News. Archived from the original on May 26, 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2010.  ^ Harmon, Rick (September 26, 2013). "Birmingham police employee's religious discrimination case settled". Montgomery Adviser. Montgomery, Alabama. Archived from the original on December 17, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.  ^ "Chosen People Ministries". Retrieved 15 January 2011.  ^ "Coalition of Torah
Torah
Observant Messianic Congregations (CTOMC) homepage".  ^ "HaYesod homepage".  ^ "The International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) homepage".  ^ "Mission, Vision, & Purpose of the Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Council". JerusalemCouncil.org. JerusalemCouncil.org. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-12-23. Our vision also includes the hope of re-appointing a beit din for Messianic believers worldwide, to be called the Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Council, or Beit HaDin HaYerushalmi, modeled after the original, and submitted to the new Jewish Sanhedrin in issues that do not contradict obedient faith to Messiah
Messiah
Yeshua or his teachings; to provide guidance in issues that may conflict with the Sanhedrin, or in issues that contradict the primacy of the written Word of God, or in issues which may divide the Body of Messiah; to promote the unity of the Body of Messiah
Messiah
worldwide by Spirit-led direction through means of accountability, open dialogue, reasoned doctrine, and sound leadership; and to provide corporate and individual edification by providing apologetic, midrashic, and halakhic guidance for the Body of Messiah.  ^ "The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Council – Messianic Halakha – About". JerusalemCouncil.org. JerusalemCouncil.org. 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-07. This section will detail common halakha accepted by the known orthodox Messianic Jewish community. References will be provided, and links back to the discussion forum will be available for continued discussion. Accepted halakha follows the centrality of the written Torah
Torah
as the final arbiter and standard for behavior and right living. Primary consideration is given to the teachings of the Messiah, Yeshua, and those of his immediate disciples. Other sources include traditional rabbinic Judaism, with emphasis on understandings and traditions accepted during the period of the Taanitic Sages (Jewish teachers that existed during the time of the 2nd Temple period), as well as accepted halakha practiced by the majority of the Israelite community today. It is hoped that by organizing a code of law that is at a glance a reflection of who the Messiah
Messiah
is and what he does, that the community of the Body of Messiah
Messiah
at large can better imitate Him, and thus mature in their love of HaShem
HaShem
and of people in the way HaShem
HaShem
has intended since the foundation of the world. In short, what follows is a short behavioral description of what it means to be a member of the Jewish sect of HaDerech – the Way (Gen 18:19, Ex 18:20, Deut 5:33, Deut 11:28, Psalm 32:8, Psalm 85:13, Psalm 119:30, Prov 2:8, Prov 4:11, Prov 6:23, Prov 8:20, Prov 9:6, Prov 10:17, Prov 12:28, Isa 26:7, Isa 26:8, Isa 30:21, Isa 40:3, Isa 48:17, Isa 62:10, Jer 5:4, Jer 21:8, Eze 18:25, Micah 2:13, Mal 3:1, Matt 3:3, Matt 21:32, Matt 22:16, John 14:4, John 14:6, Acts 9:2, Acts 18:25, Acts 18:26, Acts 24:14, Rom 3:17, 1 Cor 14:1, 2 Pet 2:2, 2 Pet 2:21). [dead link] ^ "Who We Are". Jews
Jews
for Jesus. 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.  ^ "Messianic Judaism". Jews
Jews
for Jesus. 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.  ^ Jews
Jews
for Jesus
Jesus
self describes and has been described as Messianic Judaism
Judaism
in a number of sources, although there are others Archived 2013-02-08 at the Wayback Machine. who disagree. ^ "The Association of Messianic Congregations (AMC) homepage". Retrieved 8 December 2010.  ^ "Messianic Jewish Rabbinate (MJR) homepage". Retrieved 12 June 2016.  ^ "Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council Standards of Observance". ourrabbis.org. Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council. 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-08-30. At that time a set of Messianic Jewish leaders from New England
England
invited some of their colleagues from outside the region to join them in working on a common set of halakhic standards for themselves and their congregations. While other areas of Messianic Jewish life are of profound importance, such as worship, ethics, education, and social concern, we believed that halakhic standards had received far less attention than their place in Messianic Jewish life warranted.  ^ "Union of Conservative Messianic Synagogues (UCMJS)".  ^ "UMJC homepage". Retrieved 15 January 2011. 

Sources

Burgess, Stanley M.; Van der Maas, Eduard, eds. (2003). The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, revised and expanded edition. Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-22481-5.  Burgess, Stanley M., ed. (2006). Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-96966-2.  Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2001). Voices of Messianic Judaism: Confronting Critical Issues Facing a Maturing Movement. Baltimore: Lederer Books. ISBN 978-1-880226-93-3.  Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2000). Messianic Judaism: A Critical Anthology. London: Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-5458-4.  Harris-Shapiro, Carol (1998). Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi's Journey through Religious Change in America. Boston: Beacon. ISBN 978-0-8070-1040-2. 

Further reading

Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (1 February 2001). Messianic Judaism. Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-8264-5458-4.  Cohn-Sherbok, Dan, ed. Voices of Messianic Judaism: Confronting Critical Issues Facing a Maturing Movement, Messianic Jewish Resources International (June, 2001), ISBN 978-1-880226-93-3 Feher, Shoshanah. Passing Over Easter: Constructing the Boundaries of Messianic Judaism, AltaMira Press (1998), ISBN 978-0-7619-8953-0, ISBN 978-0-7619-8952-3 Fieldsend, John. Messianic Jews
Jews
– Challenging Church And Synagogue, Monarch Publications/MARC/Olive Press, (1993), ISBN 978-1-85424-228-0 Fischer, John, ed.; The Enduring Paradox: Exploratory Essays in Messianic Judaism, Messianic Jewish Resources International (July, 2000), ISBN 978-1-880226-90-2 Fruchtenbaum, Arnold, ThM, PhD.; Messianic Christology ISBN 978-0-914863-07-6 Fruchtenbaum, Arnold, ThM, PhD.; Hebrew
Hebrew
Christianity: Its Theology, History & Philosophy ISBN 978-0-914863-01-4 Fruchtenbaum, Arnold, ThM, PhD.; A Passover
Passover
Haggadah for Jewish Believers Green, William, PhD. "A History of the 20th Century Movement in America of "Jewish Believers" in "Yeshua Ha Mashiach" ( Jesus
Jesus
Christ)". Archived from the original on 2010-10-01.  Goldberg, Louis, ed. How Jewish Is Christianity? Two Views On The Messianic Movement, Zondervan, (2003), ISBN 0-310-24490-0 Harris-Shapiro, Carol. Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi's Journey through Religious Change in America, Beacon Press, 1999, ISBN 978-0-8070-1040-2 Hefley, James C. The New Jews, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (1974), ISBN 978-0-8423-4680-1 Kinzer, Mark. Postmissionary Messianic Judaism, Brazos, (November 2005), ISBN 978-1-58743-152-4 Liberman, Paul. The Fig Tree Blossoms Fountain Press, Inc. (July 21, 1976) ISBN 978-0-89350-000-9 [2] Mayhew, Eugene J. Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology: A Constructive Approach Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Sep 2010; accessed through bnet, the CBS Interactive Business Network "The Messianic Jew" (PDF). 1910.  Pearce, Tony. The Messiah
Messiah
Factor, New Wine Press, (Spring 2004), ISBN 978-1-903725-32-0 Prill, Patrick (2004). Expectations About God
God
And Messiah. Yeshua Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-0-9742086-0-2.  Rausch, David A. The Messianic Jewish Congregational Movement. Christian
Christian
Century. p. 926. Archived from the original on 2013-02-08.  Saperstein, Marc (ed.), Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History, New York: New York University Press, (1992), ISBN 978-0-8147-7943-9 Schonfield, Hugh (1936). History of Jewish Christianity. London: Duckworth.  Mark S. Kinzer. Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People, Brazos Press, 2005, ISBN 978-1-4412391-0-5

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