- Paperback: 321 pages
- Publisher: Messianic Jewish Publisher; 2nd ed. edition (September 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1880226332
- ISBN-13: 978-1880226339
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Messianic Judaism: A Modern Movement with an Ancient Past 2nd ed. Edition
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He writes in the Preface to this 2007 revised edition, "This book is a partially revised version of my book 'Messianic Jewish Manifesto,' which I developed in 1975 and wrote in 1988. That book was addressed primarily to Messianic Jews, offering elements of ideology, theology and program in a call to action. However, I hoped it would also be informative for others, whether in favor of our movement, or just curious. That book fulfilled my expectations. Now the time has come to update it."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"The central theme of this book is that without Messianic Judaism... both the Jewish people and the Church will fail to achieve their proper and glorious goals, goals which are ultimately coextensive." (Pg. 3)
"...because the (Messianic Jewish) movement was still pervasively Gentilized, it won mostly marginal Jews..." (Pg. 75)
"Recall that a Messianic Jew was defined as a person born of a Jewish mother or who converted to Judaism, who is a genuine believer, and who positively acknowledges his Jewishness." (Pg. 175-176)
"Actually, most conflicts in the Messianic Jewish movement (and all other movements) revolve around neither doctrines nor practices but personalities and power struggles." (Pg. 193)
"It is difficult to give numbers, partly because of definitional problems (Who is Jewish? Messianic? a Messianic Jew?), and partly because the Jewish believers, however defined, are often hard to locate and count. In recent years I have heard estimates in the 50,000-100,000 range for the number of Jewish believers in America, but some would say fewer and others more." (Pg. 197)
Worthy of a read for serious laity and scholars alike