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21. Messianic Judaism: A Critical
22. Passing Over Easter: Constructing
23. Variations on the Messianic Theme.
24. Messianic expectations and modern
25. Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi's Journey
26. Salvation for the Righteous Revealed:
27. Restoring the Jewishness of the
28. Passover Haggadah: A Messianic
29. Judaism Is Not Jewish
30. The Messianic Passover Haggadah
31. Messianism, Zionism, and Jewish
32. The Challenges of the Pentecostal,
33. Seeking Zion: Modernity and Messianic
34. Essential Papers on Messianic
35. How Jewish Is Christianity?: 2
36. The Fifth Cup Haggadah: A Messianic
37. Postmissionary Messianic Judaism:
38. Messianic Torah Devotional: Messianic
39. The Scroll of Secrets: The Hidden
40. The Messianic Revelation Series

21. Messianic Judaism: A Critical Anthology
by Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Paperback: 320 Pages (2001-01-01)
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Who are the Messianic Jews? What do they believe and practice? What is the Jewish community's reaction to this movement? This study traces the development of the movement from its origins in the early part of the 19th century and its transformation in the post-World War years. Focusing on the nature of Hebrew Christianity today, the volume continues with a sociological analysis of its adherents and theological exploration of its central tenets. It also pays attention to the tensions within Messianic Judaism and the central dilemmas it faces in the future. ... Read more

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Dan Cohn-Sherbok is a Reform rabbi, as well as Professor of Judaism at the University of Wales, and a prolific author/editor (e.g., Voices of Messianic Judaism: Confronting Critical Issues Facing a Maturing Movement).He wrote this book in 2000 because "I was convinced of the need for an objective account of this important development in modern Jewish life."(He mentions listening to a "Jews for Judaism" seminar "where we were lectured on the iniquities of the Messianic movement," whereby "Messianic Jews are evangelical Christians deceiving innocent Jewish people away from their ancestral heritage," versus a "Messianic rabbi" who "harangued his audience with quotations from Scripture...")

Cohn-Sherbok notes that "Despite the criticisms made by 'Jews for Judaism' and others, this new movement has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of pious individuals from the Jewish community, as well as Gentiles who have accepted Yeshua as their Lord and Saviour."

He begins with a survey of the "History and Beliefs of Messianic Judaism" (noting that "following the Six Day War, a major shift took place among Hebrew Christians.Increasingly, Jewish believers were anxious to form Messianic Jewish congregations where they worshipped Yeshua in a Jewish manner."But he then gives a detailed history of earlier movements (such as the "Hebrew Christian Alliance of America," the 19th and 20th century "missions to the Jews" movements, etc.) and the evolution of the movement "from Hebrew Christian Alliance to Messianic Judaism" in the 1960s.He provides a detailed survey of the practices and "Messianic Jewish observance" of MJs, including Sabbath, festivals, life cycle events, dietary laws, head coverings, etc.

The final section of the book is a thoughtful examination of the question of "The authenticity of Messianic Judaism," dealing not only with critics of the movement, but also with Israeli law (e.g., the Law of Return and the "Brother Daniel" case, and the Beresford case).The book concludes with a discussion of three "models of Messianic Judaism": Orthodox exclusivism, Non-Orthodox exclusivism, and the "Pluralist" model.

This book is by far the best and most objective overview of the Messianic movement I have found.For persons interested in such matters, it is "must reading."

1-0 out of 5 stars Incomplete book
The book doesn't do nearly enough to explore the basic deceitfulness of the movement.While individual members are unaware foot soldiers & can't be faulted, it was started to convert Jews to Christianity.It has beliefs of itself as better than Judaism because it's accepted Jesus.This is pure replacement theology of past Christianity which led to lots of anti-semitism & nothing more.

That basic deceitfulness has been decried by Christian groups & Jewish a-like.In an effort to review the group, the book just doesn't allow this element to shine through as the basic theme of why Judaism has a problem with it.That & that it's basic beliefs are through & through Christian & completely contradict with Judaism.

While these people have every right to practice as they wish... they have NO right to insist on forcing themselves onto Judaism nor telling others they are a misunderstood part of Judaism.They, through this deceit & forcing, give Christianity as a bad name.There are many good Christians & I hope they will take time to do more research themselves asking actual Judaism what our beliefs are.

It is critical to note, these movements were started by Churches & have less than 10% people who were ever Jewish.

Their basic theme is belief in salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus.This is Christianity in it's many formed.Judasim believes
- salvation isn't needed since there isn't inherent sin,
- human or human-god sacrifice is forbidden,
- one's mistakes can not be handled by another taking the punishment,
- afterlife is not a focus & there is no hell, this life is the focus.

So it becomes obvious it is a form of Christianity.

The movement makes sense as a movement of Christianity.Their need to force it onto Judasim is just pure replacement theology.It is total disrespect for Judasim, & for letting Judaism to define itself.

2-0 out of 5 stars The faulty conclusion abrogates the value of the research
No matter how detailed and informative the research done here by Cohn- Sherbok the conclusion he draws is in total contradiction with Judaism.
It is true that we live in an age in which every possible combination of thing imaginable is considered valid and authentic reality.
But Judaism survived for generations in spite of persistent efforts of those who believed Jesus the Messiah , to convert or destroy them.
This historical record, including the record of Jewish martydom through the Ages in resisting forced conversion is made a mockery of by those who claim that they are both Jewish and Christian in religion.
As I understand it those people who are born Jews and convert to Christianity are not simply free individuals exercising their personal prerogative- they are traitors to their own people's history, and faith.
To be Jewish historically is to deny that one is a Christian.
Cohn- Sherbok in advocating otherwise does the Jewish people who are in deep demographic crisis a real disservice. This when there are over two billion Christians in the world( By far the world's largest faith) and the Jews have not even come close to coming back to the numbers they had at the eve of the Second World War.

4-0 out of 5 stars For Mixed Audiences
There are several good points to this book.First, it has an excellent (if obtusely written) historical overview of Hebrew Christianity and Messianic Judaism.Second, it does go into great detail as to the why and what of Messianic Jewish belief, as well as ritual practice and observance.He also has a chapter specifically concerning dissenting opinions about Messianic Judaism.
Never the less, there are a few very serious problems.First, it is unclear who his intended audience is from his discussion of Messianic Liturgical practices.Is he writing for Christians or for Jews?Obviously, a Jew with any common knowledge of how a service was structured would find the information he presents in several places rudimentary.I am lead to believe that he cannot possibly be expecting to find Jewish audiences in this book because some Jews that I know (some, not all, and only the ones I know, not everybody) would rather spit on anything "Messianic" that look at it, let alone read or understand it, so he can't be writing for Jews, but for Christians.If that's the case, then he needs to make a better argument as to why Christians should accept Jewish expressions of Christianity, not why Messianics should be included in the Jewish community.He continually confuses the audience as to whom he is speaking.Secondly, his defense of Messianic Judaism as a legitimate expression of Jewishness is, at best, misplaced.It comes after his chapter on dissenting opinions from within the Jewish community.He offers no real defense of MJ except to say that they should be accepted because there are other non-Orthodox branches that aren't excluded and the plurality of Jews in the West can't put themselves into a definable box anyway.This is, of course, a silly argument.Of course MJ can be excluded form being a legitimate expression of Judaism because it, unlike any other branch, believes Jesus is the Messiah.Non-belief in the Messiahship of Jesus is a prerequisite to entrance into the Jewish community.By itself, this argument does not stand.It would have been better to cite some examples of historic opinions from Judaism that support might Trinitarian notions as well as historic and modern groups that hold Messianic convictions about an individual (read: the Lubavitcher Chassidim).That would have made his argument for inclusion much stronger.Finally, he does not allow Messianic Jews to answer their accusers, particularly the ones that "converted" back from Christianity/Messianic Judaism.I noticed that not one of those individuals remained Christians.Instead, always they went back to Judaism, and always in a pretty neat formula ("I wasn't very Jewish, I got mixed up in this horrible group (read: cult) but some kind Jewish soul showed me the light.Now I'm a real Jew, more Jewish than I was when I was one of 'those' people, and everything is just super because everything they ever told me was a lie."It sounds more than a little contrived, and it's defiantly propaganda.)Each of these is a serious omission that should have been included to lend credibility to his arguments.

Nevertheless, Rabbi Cohn-Sherbok should be commended for this book.It is bold, displays a high level of commitment to a level of objectivity.This is a touchy subject for all sides of the debate, and while it's not apparent which side of the debate the Rabbi is on, he is at least willing to look with fairness towards MJ, especially since it is often ignored/discredited without even cursory consideration of the shell game of an argument being used against them.If there is ever to be reasonable dialogue, then such attacks must cease and desist.Unfortunately, however, I don't think that any side is willing to put aside its agenda and reason together, but perhaps this book will at least change some of that.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good information, but his conclusions are faulty
This book is filled with a lot of good information, but the problem I have is after carefully showing how messianic Judaism is really the brainchild and outgrowth of evangelical Christian attempts to convert Jews he throws up his hands and says that we should accept it as if it were a natural development of Judaism. It is not surprising that his views are soundly repudiated from all the branches in Judaism, including the Reform which he claims to be a member of. ... Read more

22. Passing Over Easter: Constructing the Boundaries of Messianic Judaism
by Shoshanah Feher
Paperback: 208 Pages (1998-04-02)
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Chosen by Yahweh, saved by Jesus, Messianic Jews identify themselves as both Christian and Jewish and yet neither. "Passing Over Easter" brings this peculiar movement to life with an ethnographic look at Adat HaRauch, a Messianic Jewish congregation in Southern California. The ethnic Jews who have "found the Lord," the Gentiles with a "heart for Israel" that make up Adat HaRauch negotiate their identity borrowing from both traditions. The congregants see Yshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus) as the Jewish Messiah, the passover matzoh as symbolic of Yshua's body being broken for sinners, the New Testament as a fulfillment of the Old. Through participant observation, in-depth interviews, and reflections on her own beliefs and role as researcher, Feher paints a fascinating picture of this fluctuating religious group. "Passing Over Easter" makes a compelling read for sociologists concerned with new religious movements and group formation, students of Jewish identity and Jewish-Christian relations and anyone interested in the contemporary American religious scene. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good, objective analysis of a Messianic Congegration by a non-Messianic Jew
This book is a rarity today: an objective view of a movement by someone who doesn't agree with the position.If only republicans and democrats could learn something ...

Anyway, Shoshana Feher did an interesting study in that she is a Jewish lady who applied sociological analysis to a Messianic congregation in Southern California.Although not Messianic herself, she attended the congregation regularly and conducted detailed interviews for 3 years and has recorded her observations in this book.The book works because the author isn't interested in building up or tearing down the theology of Messianic Judaism.She is there as an imbedded reporter, as it were.

It was very interesting to see how the author described how Messianic Judaism doesn't fit in very well with modern Judaism.The Jewish leaders she interviewed, for example, all felt that Messianic Judaism wasn't really Jewish, or just some "Christian stunt" for force conversions.The sociological implications of this make for fascinating reading.And having been involved with Messianic congregations for several years, I can attest to her observations, but they are more interesting coming from a non-Messianic Jew.

Perhaps the most detailed and interesting chapter has to be the one on the role of women ("Bringing home the bacon").Perhaps the reason for this is that this type of question lends it self very well to sociological analysis, but this is definitely one of the brightest spots of the book.I especially liked how she studied Jewish, Christian, and Messianic views of the role of women.She found, interestingly, that Messianic are more concerned in this area about influences from the secular world, and not so much with being Jewish or Christian.

One minor trouble with the book was that some generalizations were made.The author cites many other older studies that have attempted to analyze Messianic people etc, which I found very helpful.But in several places she seems to translate her experiences at this congregation to how Messianic believers behave everywhere.For example, she cited that one of the main reasons people like the Messianic movement is identification with an ethnic origin.In her study, many gentiles apparently desired to be Jewish and wanted to "get in" on God's chosen people.Now I have definitely met Gentiles who feel this way, that somehow they have "missed out" because they aren't Jewish etc ... but we don't really have any of those at our congregation.

From what I could tell I believe that the author has given a fair assessment of her experiences at this Messianic Congregation.She doesn't try to tear it down because she has theological disagreements, nor does she sugar coat some issues that arose.She seems to like the fellowship expressed there, and people's sincerity, but she was a bit troubled by "open proselytizing."Note to Messianic people; you can present the gospel without a full fontal assault.I can confirm the author's feelings; when non-believing (i.e. non Messianic) Jews attend our congregation; they don't like being bombarded with the gospel either.Gospel discussions are not out of the question, but full-forced pushes to accept the Messiah are generally not well received.

In summary, this was a book that needed to be written, and Messianic Congregational leaders should really take note of her observations.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent study
This is an illuminating investigation of the nature of Messianic Judaism. It is written by an ethnologist who probes the boundaries between Judaism and Christianity. For all those interested in this important development on the religious scene, this study is of paramount significance ... Read more

23. Variations on the Messianic Theme. A Case Study of Interfaith Dialogue (Judaism and Jewish Life)
by Marion Wyse
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Over fifty years after the Holocaust, Marion Wyse explores interfaith dialogue between the Jewish and Christian communities and attempts to evaluate what goals these communities have reached and where they now stand. While many painful issues have been addressed and Jewish-Christian dialogue have achieved a solid respect for each other, the but basic disagreement over the Christian designation of Jesus as the Jewish messiah still stands. Theologians have suggested varying approaches but none convince both partners, so this work employs William James radical empirical method to show that the original Jewish messianic concept, the Christian shift, and the Jewish repudiation of the shift, can each be seen as valid faith variants. ... Read more

24. Messianic expectations and modern Judaism
by Solomon Schindler
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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature. ... Read more

25. Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi's Journey Through Religious Change in America
by Carol Harris-Shapiro Rabbi/Assistant Professor
Paperback: 232 Pages (2000-08-04)
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When first published, MESSIANIC JUDAISM stirred controversy throughout the country.The first book to critically examine the role of Messianic Jews in American religious life, it traces the history of this faith that that accepts Jesus as the savior from its late nineteenth-century origin in evangelical Christian missions.Reconstructionist Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro bases this portrait on her conversations with members of a large Messianic Jewish community.MESSIANIC JUDAISM adds significant new insights into the nature and varieties of religious experience in United States. ... Read more

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Carol Harris-Shapiro is a rabbi in the Reconstructionist movement, as well as a lecturer in the Intellectual Heritage Department at Temple University.This book (published in 1999) is a detailed study (including interviews with members of a "messianic" congregation) of the beliefs, history, and practices of "Messianic" Jews.However, she is very conscious of the larger issues concerning this subject: "(T)he topic of Messianic Judaism is inescapably meshed in an ongoing power struggle to establish the character and future of the Jewish community ... In this place, there is no neutral ground."

Harris-Shapiro points out that Messianic Jews (MJs) deny that they are a "blend" of Judaism and Christianity, yet also acknowledges the tension between the two faiths: "Both the evangelical ideal and the Jewish real uneasily coexist," and "Messianic Jews are even more afraid of disappearing into the culturally Gentile evangelical subculture."She also acknowledges the deep-rooted suspicion in the Jewish community about MJs, since "there developed within the mainstream Jewish community a suspicion that these people were deliberately infiltrating mainstream Jewish organizations for the purposes of conversion."

Harris-Shapiro also presents common objections to Messianic Judaism, such as, "Why don't we see rabbis being saved?"The difficult and painful issue of the victims of the Holocaust was also posed to her interviewees, and "The response that 'maybe they were saved in the end' was repeated to me by others in the Messianic movement.In only one interview was a person willing to de-sanctify Holocaust victims, and be willing to admit that they were damned."

MJs believe that "Israel and the Jews are also the key to the end time," and that "Messianic believers need a strong, healthy Israel to sustain their identity."Ironically, however, while "the very existence of Messianic Judaism is predicated on an ongoing loyalty to the Jewish people," she comments that "Messianic Gentiles are also among the most enthusiastic proponents of 'Jewish behavior.'"(In fact, many or most members of "messianic" congregations are Gentiles, not Jews.)

Harris-Shapiro actually supports the notion that MJs are "Jewish."For example, "If DOING Jewish is BEING Jewish, ironically, Messianic Jews are more Jewish than many born Jews."She further argues that "Celebrating Jewish holidays, and NOT celebrating Christian ones, confirms members' Jewish identity."This contention is quite controversial, of course, and is rejected by the large majority of Jews.

Under Halakah (Jewish law), a person born to a Jewish mother is Jewish---UNLESS the person converts to another religion.It is most unlikely that the mainstream Jewish community will ever accept "Messianic Jews" into the "fold"; nevertheless, MJs are a vibrant and growing part of the religious landscape, and this study by Harris-Shapiro is essential reading for anyone interested in Messianic Judaism, or Jewish identity.

1-0 out of 5 stars But alas- is this why Recontructionism may be too unJewish :(
While this recontructionist 'rabbi' seeks to make Jews Jesus/Yeshua/Yahska/Whatever believers I suggest the following V'Da Mah SheTashiv: Know What To Answer (To Missionaries)A Thorough Jewish response To Missionaries

5-0 out of 5 stars BY FAR the best book on Messianic Judaism
I am a Messianic Gentile who has attended the largest free-standing Messianic synagogue in the world (in Dallas, Texas) since December 1999. I have studied a number of religions extensively including Protestantism from an evangelical perspective and Judaism and I also attend both a Protestant church and a Reform synagogue on a weekly basis.

This book does present a somewhat distorted view of Messianic Judaism in that Dr. Harris-Shapiro gives the impression that certain activities or views have cultic overtones when similar activities occur in any medium or large organization. For instance, she gives an example of a woman who spoke with her privately about some disagreements the woman had with the congregation's leadership and the woman seemed concerned that she might be viewed as a "troublemaker". But the same thing occurs in mainstream churches and synagogues too.

However, the two main reasons for such occasional distortions are (1)understanding the dynamics in depth requires *years* of active involvement with an organization or (2) the particular congregation she is writing about, Martin Chernoff's Beth Messiah, is considered the very first Messianic congregation and Messianic Judaism was in a much more formative stage at the time.

Also, to a much lesser extent, Dr. Harris-Shapiro occasionally presents a single individual's theological views despite the fact that they are totally at odds with Messianic Judaism. It would be like someone reading a book about evangelical Protestantism and the author says, "I interviewed Fred, a member of the congregation, and Fred told me that he believes Mohammed was a prophet." Fred might believe that, but it doesn't represent the views or practices of Protestantism and so it could give the reader a distorted view of what Protestants believe.

The foregoing is not meant as a harsh criticism and the distortion is not substantial, only "somewhat" distorted now and then. Considering that she is neither Messianic nor Christian, she does an absolutely astounding job of accurately portraying the main theological teachings and beliefs and practices--far better than the vast majority of Christian clergy could. In most instances where her portrayal is not accurate it is because she is describing a particular congregation whose teachings, rituals, etc., at the time are different than where Messianic Judaism has gone now that there are leaders with seminary degrees, etc.

As is routine among Jewish clergy who are not Messianic, Dr. Harris-Shapiro sees the relationship between Evangelical Protestantism and Messianic Judaism as being a bit closer that it actually is. Non-messianic Jewish clergy routinely view Messianic Judaism as merely a facade for Protestantism and misinterpret support as covert control. However, even in this, her distortion is far less than is common.

I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK HIGHLY ENOUGH. This is INDISPENSABLE for anyone who really wants an understanding of Messianic Judaism, its history, its relationship to Christianity and Judaism, and its theology and practices.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at an "Apostate" gruop
This is a well reseached book written by a Reconstructist Rabbi examining a messianic jewish group. I learned a lot about this movement, including the racial boundaries set up by messianic temples (gentile vs. "originally" jewish), and of course, their evangelical roots. The Rabbi although clearly rejecting the group, makes good arguments at the end as to why this group should be accepted as "jewish" and a part of the Jewish Community. I don't know myself. While I am facinated at the possible blending of Christianity and Judaism, as a Jewish convert raised Epsicopal, I found the blending too odd - even ridiculous. Judaism doesn't need Christianity for it to be meaningful, holy or complete. Judaism is too self-examining to really fit in with Evangelical Christianity. Judaism is about Jews; Christianity is about Jesus, who also happens to be a Jew. That's a BIG difference! All today's Jewish rituals, they were not practiced the same way in Jesus' time (remember all those sacrifices in the Temple...). Today's Judaism is not Jesus' Judaism, which he rebelled against, not by a long shot.

Of couse I am just a Christian Apostate (the worst kind according to NT!) so what do I know? As things are though, perhaps in another 100 years, various forms of Jewish-Christianity will be the Jewish community core and the other strictly Jewish sects the splinter groups (orthodox, conservative)?This is an important researched document that should be read by all Jews and Christians. Messianic jews aren't the "boogey man".Though prosetlyzing is quite annoying to say the least, messianic jews should have a role in our continuing Judeo-Christian dialogue and the jewish community should hopefully one day accept their "jewishness", even if as their ugly stepchild.

2-0 out of 5 stars Insincere
The author poses as an unbiased investigator, but her agenda is to debunk the Messianic movement. There is no reason to believe the one congregation she choses to study is representative of Jewish believers. She depicts Messianic Jews as clinging to their Jewishness illegitimately. An entertaining and somewhat suspenseful read nevertheless, as one anticipates the author's erroneous assumptions to soften in response to the gospel. Don't hold your breath. ... Read more

26. Salvation for the Righteous Revealed: Jesus Amid Covenantal and Messianic Expectations in Second Temple Judaism (Arbeiten Zur Literatur Und Geschichte Des Hellenistischen Judentums)
by Ed Condra
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Why is there such an ethical emphasis in Jesus’ gospel proclamation? This work finds the answer in Jesus meeting his audience within their own conceptual realms and then expanding those realms to point to the nature of his salvation.

The bulk of this work investigates the soteriology of Second Temple Judaism, especially of the Qumran Scrolls. The apocalyptic lesson was the demand of a greater covenantal obedience, held in tension with God’s grace, a demand met through sectarian revelation and involving a somewhat diverse messianism. Within these conceptions, Jesus affirms that salvation is indeed for the "righteous," but as defined through himself as the unique Messiah.

This work is particularly useful regarding the Jesus—Paul debate, for it provides a diachronic solution grounded in the cultural-historical milieu of the times. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Put It Down
During an excellent conversation with friends over drinks, we couldn't stop talking about the extraordinary grasp that Dr. Condra has on salvific foreshadowing in Old Testament scriptures.Besides, he and his wife are really cool and live in a hut in the third world now.

Buy Two, you never know when you could pass one on to a friend. ... Read more

27. Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel: A Message for Christians Condensed from Messianic Judaism
by David H. Stern Ph.D
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A book the whole Church needs to read! A challenge to conventional Christian ideas! Clear thinking about neglected questions such as:

- What central truth, ignored for 1800 years, must be restored if the Church is to fulfill the Great Commission?
- How are both the Jews and the Church God's people?
- Is there a difference between Jew and Gentile in the body of the Messiah?
- Will God fulfill all of his promises to Israel?
- Does the Law of Moses remain in force today?
- Is the Church antisemitic? If so, what can you do about it?
- Should the Church evangelize Jews today? If so, how?

Surprising answers to these and other crucial questions, along with suggestions for godly action, are given in this exciting and insightful book by an Israeli Messianic Jew, a Jew who trusts Yeshua (Jesus). ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars So-So
All in all, i think this book was David Stern's best book, second to "Messianic Jewish Manifesto." I suggest getting the revision of MJM (Messianic Judaism: a modern movement with an ancient past) because that contains all the material in Restoring, as well as adding new material to the old edition. in one of the appendices it has all the information that restoring has, and passages in MJM that parrallel.

i was disappointed with Stern's CJB, JNT, and JNTC. But, he redeemed himself slightly in MJM. I would not buy this book if you are going to buy MJM. But if you are only getting this book, it gives pretty good advice on how to evanglize to Jews without offending them or being stubborn. I still think Stern's theology and idea of the MJ movement needs some rethinking and reformation, but this book is a good intro to Stern's theology, who is seen collectively as a representor of the MJ movement.

shalom- john

1-0 out of 5 stars Blasphemous
This book is a direct attack on the Christian New testament. You can't re judaize something that never was Jewish.The old testament was the story of the Jewish people. The fact that there was no redemption for their sins.From Adam on God's word was about future salvation. Abraham was credited with righteousnee and in his seed (Jesus Christ all nations will be blessed) Over 500 prophesies were follfilled in the New Testament. Jesus Christ the only begotten son as foretold was born trough the Holy spirit not according to flesh.He brought salvation to all who believed in him who believed that he was Crucified and died for our sins.Those (Jews and Gentiles) who were born again and became one in Christ. The Jews who did not believe were doomed.The prophecies Had promise A new Heave and a new earth A new Jerusalem coming down from heaven. A new name a new covenant. Jesus Christ chose 12 Apostles,regardless of their background.THEY believed!and followed him. At Antioch THEY were first called CHRISTIAN............Jesus christ Died and was resurrected for our Salvation He was our redeemer Away with the old a New creation in Christ.
The New Testament was God breathed. The Jewish people never concerned themselves with it.In their religion,the law there was no belief that a Messiah had come! For 2000 years this remained the status quo
In 1900 a small Jewish sect started to talk about accepting the "Jewish Messiah" Never making it clear that this did not mean that they believed in The True religion of Christ followers Christianity. This book is about their confusing re interpetation of the Holy gospels,all base on their human heritage and Traditions. The New testament is clearly opposed to to any of these issues affecting FAITH. When you are born again Jesus exclaimed nothing of yourprevious earthly things matter!Not who your parents were,your wealth or place of birth. Also Whwn you are baptised into Chrit No More Jew Greek etcetc... In Titus 3:9 Do not concern yourself ith geneologies.........
for we are one in Christ.
The Messianic Jews Who were neither Jew or Christian created thei version of "the Jewishness of the New TestamentTestament!
Playing on people who are vulnarable and not well versed in Theology. Blasphemous to Christianity

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, But Fails in Some Levels
I bought this for more of an in depth look at the Gospel, and while it does provide some very interesting points, it fails to really bring points of the Gospel home, such as the importance of an obedient life. Instead, the book feels as to say the Torah is more of a 'Jewish tradition' rather than a way of life for believers. I think Daniel Stern relies a bit too much on Gentiles not being required to convert to Judaism and less on how important it is for Jews and Gentiles to obey God's everlasting word. As a Gentile myself, I've found nothing but answers by going back to the roots and I'd wish more Messianic books would express the complete freedom you feel through God's commandments and through Yeshua's sacrafice. But overall, I just feel this book seems to make God's commandments more optional than something a new body would want to keep. No disrepect to Daniel Stern in the least.

I have his commentary on the New Testament as well and I'd probably recommend that book over this one. This one was really small, about 80 pages I believe, and really, it wasn't as detailed as I expected it to be. As for a Gentile/Jewish believer that is looking for more answers than what you could just learn in a church/synagogue, try out some of Brad Scott's works or Eddie Chumney's.

1-0 out of 5 stars Anti-Yahuah Traditions
"If I build up those things which I tore down, I prove myself a transgressor..." Gal.2:18. "For they bind heavy burdens, and hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders..." Matt.23:4.In Matt.11:28-30 our Messiah says "Come unto me all you who are weary and loaded down with BURDENS, and I will give you rest." "Messianics," as promoted in this book, are believers in Messiah whohave loaded each other down with dead religion and burdens in the name of arrogance, elitism,and dead traditions- Pharisaism. Our Messiah, as well as Paul, warned against this religiosity in the strongest of terms. He described the TRUE Jew in Romans Chapter 2. Believers, stay away from Messianic judaism"! It will bind you.A Follower(prayerfully)of Messiah

4-0 out of 5 stars Great summation of Messianci Judaism
This is a great little introduction to Stern's larger word Messianic Judaism.Stern does a great job of beginning the argument for understanding Christianity from a Jewish lens.I do not agree with all of his conclusions but all in all I found it insightful and well worth the time. ... Read more

28. Passover Haggadah: A Messianic Celebration
by Eric Lipson
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A Passover Seder involves the whole family. It's an evening filled with stories and symbols to celebrate a Festival of Freedom from slavery in Egypt. Jesus later turned these promises of Israel's deliverance to a message of deliverance from our own slavery to sin. It is a telling witness to what He has done and is doing to redeem His people. This book with its uniquely Jewish Christian insights allows you and your family to enter into the experience. It will become a treasured memory as you personally experience the Last Supper (a Passover Seder) in your own home. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Garbage
This is not a book that is representative of normative Judaism. A normal Jewish person would not read or use this Haggadah for a Passover Seder. This is a book for Hebrew-Christian cultists! ... Read more

29. Judaism Is Not Jewish
by Baruch Maoz
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5-0 out of 5 stars Addressing the issue of "One New Man"
A well written & thought out book addressing the error of the Messianic Movement encouraging Jewish believers to retaining a Jewish identity that is not based, as it should be, in the Holy Scriptures, but in Rabbinical traditionalism. This of course is going to be viewed as confrontative, but to Jewish people, that is the context of most of our conversations. The essence of the New Covenant that G-d makes with us demands our objective faith in Him, and Him alone, not the subjective observance of the traditions of men. Using Rabbinical Judaism as its matrix, the Messianic Movement endeavours to appeal to Jewish people for what we are, not WHO we are. Approaching a person on the basis of their religion and not their condition is fundamentally unscriptural, and discipling someone using tradition + Torah is Biblical error.

4-0 out of 5 stars What do they mean
It is a true testimony to the ignorance and dishonesty of much of the Orthodox Rabbinic community to call the Messianic faith, and more specifically this book, "anti Jewish". As expected, previous reviewers of this book resort to inflamming, emotional rhetoric and allusions to everything from the Holocaust to the programs.Sad.What they really mean is that any Jew (or gentile believer in Yeshua), who does not belive in RABBINIC TRADITION as binding or true, is ...get this:ANTI- SEMETIC!!!???Ha!I guess that would make the Kairites anti-semetic as well!?Since they reject the "oral law" and see the domination and bullying of the rest of Judaism by the Orthodox as wrong!What these geniuses dont realize is that they only make themselves sound and look dishonest and absurd.Young Jews know what time it is!They are not stupid.These inflamming accusations are absurd!Point blanK:Yeshua is and was a Jew who loves his people dearly and He is the Jewish Messiah!!The progenitors of modern day "Rabbinic Judaism" bullied and muscled every other sect of Judaism out and made their "brand" of Judaism the "official religion" (like the Roman Catholics did with the "church")).Yeshua will soon return and squash all of the enemies of Israel and restore true Torah observance to Israel and the nations.What is so "anti-Jewish" about that???

Belive it or not, Orthodox Rabbinic Judaism does not have the patent of what it means to be a Jew.Believe it or not Orthodoxy does not have a right to throw the race card at everyone who disagrees with them.Yeshau Ha'Mashiach....may He come soon!May He come to set the record straight and may you bullies' hearts be turned from stone into hearts of flesh!Shalom

1-0 out of 5 stars Gimme that ole time religion, it's good enough for me
For some change is hard. For others, change is a challenge.
Baruch Maoz is a good example of the latter. Raised in a single parent family, in a large modern chaotic metropolis, he represents a mindset which is highly dissimilar to the ones of Israel he seeks to make a "friendly" critique of.

I often say, if someone writes about me, and says, "She's fat and she talks too much, plus she is over 50..." I would have to say, "Ok there is truth there."

But if someone writes, "Oh, you cannot take her seriously because she has been married and divorced six times," I would have to say, "This is slander."

Baruch's book is a great example of the latter. His "truth" about the Messianic movement as he proclaims it is a product of his fertile imagination.

Baruch seems to want to make all good Jews into good Christians, the way he understands Christianity, and according to where his paychecks have come from.

Need I say any more?

It is old time religion. His backers want controllable religion.

His people want reality.

He has made his personal choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Non-Jewish Judaism?
This book, weighing in at a hefty 400 pages, represents the fruit of many years' biblical study, theological reflection, and pastoral ministry amongst Jewish people.Baruch Maoz provides a sympathetic but critical analysis of theology and practical outworking of Messianic Judaism, both in Israel and the Diaspora. Whilst the book strongly criticizes some aspects of the Messianic Movement, its warmth of tone and depth of theological engagement issue a challenge to the movement that can not be ignored.

The book is divided into two principal sections assessing the Messianic movement first theologically and then practically. These are interspersed with expositions of key biblical texts. The running commentaries on passages from Romans, Galatians, Hebrews and other New Testament books contain some of the finest writing in the book, being both devotionally uplifting, pastorally sensitive, evangelistically challenging, and theologically incisive. There are also a series of appendices on the history of the Messianic movement; prospects for Jewish evangelism; sample texts on Messianic Judaism; Jesus in the Talmud; and a full and up-to-date bibliography. There is a useful glossary of terms and a comprehensive index. Add to that a moving forward by Stan Telchin and you have arich resource for private devotion, informed prayer, and fuel for discussion on a subject that is both important and controversial within the field of Jewish mission.

Baruch focuses on several themes, such as the Supremacy of Christ; the authority, interpretation and application of Scripture; the call to Holiness; the nature of Jewish identity; the difference between "Judaism" and "Jewishness"; the theological maturity of the Messianic Jewish movement; the danger of Rabbinic Judaism obscuring the Gospel in the life of Jewish believers in Jesus; and the call for effective evangelism. Baruch addresses these issues in the light of Reformation principles of "Sola Fides, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, Sola Scriptura," -Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone, Scripture Alone. As a result, he finds much of the theology and practice of the Messianic movement wanting, and is not averse to saying so, in an inimitable style that combines both warmth, humour and a sharp wit.

As I understand it, the key argument Baruch seeks to establish, and one with which not all will agree, is that "Judaism" is not "Jewish." By "Judaism" he means the religious system developed by the Rabbis in the light of the destruction of the Temple, Diaspora existence and rejection of Jesus. This "Judaism" is not properly "Jewish" in the original sense that God intended "Jewishness" to be - a biblical culture and identity which reflects God's presence and values, and is fulfilled in Christ. As such this "Judaism" should have no recognised authority over the beliefs and practices of Jewish believers in Jesus, and "Messianic Judaism", in seeking to combine faith in Jesus as the Messiah with a modified form of "Judaism", inevitably pursues a falsetrail.

Baruch's view is that the Jewish identity of believers in Jesus should expressed in cultural, national and other "secular" ways, without the "religious" values the"Judaism" of the Rabbis seeks to impose."Messianic Judaism", as opposed to "Jewish Christianity" fails, according to Baruch, to distinguish between the religious and cultural/national aspects of "Jewishness", and therefore buys in to a rabbinically-imposed set of norms of what is expected to be truly "Jewish". Messianic Jews mistakenly see "positive religious value" in observance of the Torah. Baruch's concerned is that this marks a return to legalistic works-righteousness and that celebration of "Jewishness" usurps the place of "Jesusness" in life and witness.

As one who is happy to be called a Messianic Jew (amongst other terms that describe Jewish believers in Jesus) and has been involved in the Messianic movement, I accept much of what is in the book as an accurate analysis and valid criticism of the movement from one who is both "in it, but not of it".But it seems to me that the central premise that "Judaism is not Jewish" does not ultimately stand.Like the Apostle Paul's enigmatic"not all Israel are Israel", it calls for a redefinition of terms and categories to fulfil of a particular agenda. "Judaism is not Jewish", works well as an evangelistic critique of the religious system of Rabbinic Judaism, and as a pastoral challenge to the movement to live for Christ alone. But it fails to provide a coherent understanding of the complex nature of Jewishness or adequately define the nature of the relationship between Jewish identity and faith in Christ. At the end of the day, "Judaism" and "Jewishness" share the same etymology - Yehudi - Iudaios -Jew. They were not designed to bear the weight of theological loading that makes "Judaism" bad and wrong, and "Jewishness" (correctly understood) as good and right. Jewish identity (or "Jewishness", if we think of some "essence" of being a Jew) results from a complex of factors such as history, language, culture, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and can not easily be reduced or simplified.

The separation of Jewish identity into religious, cultural, national and other aspects can not be maintained satisfactorily, as all are aspects of a complex and ultimately theological phenomenon. Jewishness and the Judaisms which have emerged within it ultimately owe their existence to divine prerogative, God's calling into being of the Jewish people to be a light and a witness to the nations.

Ultimately the issues which the existence of Messianic Judaism throws up, and which Baruch is concerned to address, can not be pinned down to organisational programs and structures, styles of worship, degrees of observance or personal choices, but are part of the mystery of the sovereign purposes of God in electing a remnant of Israel who accept Jesus as their Messiah. The Messianic movement is one particularly visible aspect of this divine initiative, and those of us involved in it, or who live out our Jewish identity in the light of the fulfilment we have in Christ, are bound to express all the problems and possibilities of a group belonging to two distinct communities that have failed to understand each other, and have often been antagonistic, since the time of the New Testament.

Whilst Baruch takes a strong position in opposition to Messianic Judaism as he perceives it, his book is ultimately constructive, in that such "arguments for the sake of heaven" (to use the rabbinic dictum!) can notbut be for thebenefit of the building up of the Body of Christ as Messianic Jews seek to clarify and articulate their position more carefully vis-à-vis the major theological enterprises of Judaism and Christianity. "Judaism is not Jewish" represents a major contribution to the debate on the nature of Messianic Judaism, and is thus a key tool for anyone wishing to acquaint themselves with the issues that face Jewish Evangelism in the 21st century.

1-0 out of 5 stars Anti-Judaic Book
The book is addressed to the members of the Messianic (Jewish) Movement outside Israel and to the Gentile Christians.
Maoz, who defines himself as Jewish by nationality and as an Evangelical Christian by faith, finds fault with the Messianic Jews, who interpret and express their faith in Jesus in Judaic terms. Moreover, they ascribe halachic authority to the Torah and its rabbinic interpretations. Contrary to this, the "Jewish Christians" like Maoz think that contemporary Judaism "is an aberration"(p. 37). Maoz's wants to convince the Messianic Jews that they must renounce and denounce Judaism, and consequently dissolve into the Evangelical Church.
In section "A" Maoz writes that the Law has been done away with, and therefore the faithful are not to ascribe to it any authority (except for Christology). Judaism for him is similar to paganism (p. 145 and passim), and he does not distinguish between phylacteries, tallit and mezuza, on the one hand, and "lighting incense, praying before an icon...[and other] pagan customs" (pp. 148-149).
Section "B" is devoted to the practical assessment of the Messianic Movement. Maoz claims that the Movement has not achieved its self-proclaimed goals, and insists that it "should dissolve into the church at large by becoming a halfway house..." (p. 258).
It should be emphasized that Maoz's critique of the Messianic Jewish Movement is sincere and even friendly. However, in contrast to the tolerance towards Messianic Jews, his attitude towards Judaism is that of extreme enmity, and is based neither on knowledge, nor on objective evaluation of the primary Jewish sources. His denunciation of Judaism stems from dogmatism that feeds on his absolute ignorance of Jewish sources and history.
Thus, for example, Maoz defines "Midrashim" as "a tractate of the Mishna" (p. 344), "Yalkut Isaiah" (sic.) as "one of the sections of the Mishna" (p.352), and "Yalkut" as "a book of the Talmud" (p. 351). The book is full of grave historical mistakes and anachronisms (see pp. 163, 347). Maoz writes that the Maccabees restored and rededicated the Temple "after decades of idol worship" (p. 344), and that Trypho from Justin Martyr's "Dialogue" is a "learned Jew of the first-century"(p. 351). In a rare case when the author supports his opinion by a reference to Jewish sources, he distorts their names rendering them unrecognizable: what are "Walkout Isaiah", "Midday" and "Peachy"? (p. 129) Maoz misquoted from a secondary source, where these are "Yalkut on Isaiah 26:2, Niddah 61b, Pesahim 50a".
In another case when Maoz uses Jewish sources in order to show that Rabbinic literature is full of hatred towards Jesus and Christians, he utilizes a book whose author made it clear that his purpose was to fight Anti-Judaic prejudice and bigotry. In his desire to show that even the earliest Rabbinic writings damn Jesus, the author misleads the unsuspecting reader (p. 333).
Maoz's ignorance of Judaism does not leave any option other than to look at his proclamations concerning its character as illegitimate generalizations resulting from prejudice and bigotry. Reading the following one should remember that the book was written in English, published in Scotland, and to a large extent is intended for non-Jews. It is not an "intramural debate".
In Maoz's view, the Rabbis "denied and rejected the Messiah, ...institutionalized hypocrisy, ...focused on rites and neglected internal devotion, and...have cultivated a religion of human pride and self-achievement... [They] have been a cause of our continual misery..." (p. 154). He claims that "[t]he Law is viewed by Judaism by way of legalistic literalism, which takes it out of the realm of morality and into the realm of the commercial transaction: if I do this and that, you will do this and that for me" (p.158). "In the hands of the rabbis, the Law has been transformed into an instigator of human pride and self-satisfaction" (ibid.). "Judaism is, in fact, the most consciously, most premeditatedly anti-Christian religion man has ever devised..." (p. 329). Maoz speaks about "the bondage under which they [the Rabbis] placed our people for 2,000 years of darkness and despair" (p. 151). "[T]he rabbis hijacked Jewish national identity some 2,000 years ago... Since then they have held Jewishness captive, distorting her image and threatening to destroy every vestige of her original nature" (p. 150).The list can be multiplied without finding a single reference to the Jewish writings where he discovered what he describes as "Judaism". It becomes clear that it is not only that Maoz has not read the primary sources of Judaism, but he does not even know their names.
The author commits embarrassing mistakes in Greek (pp. 192, 216), and on p. 201 he turns Christ into a female (Sola Christus). On these one could close an eye, were they not accompanied by extreme vanity and arrogance.
I shall conclude by saying that since the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel the genre "Adversus Iudaeos" had been laid to rest. With the publication of "Judaism is not Jewish" it has risen from the pit once again. Maoz's book is part of a tragic historical phenomenon: the most evil and damaging anti-Jewish writings have been produced by apostate Jews or with their active collaboration (It is enough to mention Nicholas Donin and Johannes Pfefferkorn). For them Maoz finds ample space in his heart. He says that it is the Rabbis who pushed them into the arms of the Church. This is why, writes Maoz, Judaism reminds him of the "young man who murdered his parents, and then asked the judge for clemency because he was an orphan" (p. 153).
Time will show whether this book will have a devastating effect on Jewish-Christian dialogue generally, and on the Messianic Jewish credentials vis-a-vis the surrounding Jewish society, in specific. There is no doubt, though, that its potential is lethal. And if "Judaism is not Jewish" is not an anti-Semitic book, then one can hardly say that anti-Semitism exists at all. ... Read more

30. The Messianic Passover Haggadah
by Barry Rubin, Steffi Rubin
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This two-color, 36-page illustrated book guides you through the traditional Passover seder dinner, step-by-step.

Not only does the Passover observance remind us of the Israelites’ rescue from Egyptian bondage, but, we also remember the Messiah's last supper, a Passover seder. The theme of redemption is seen throughout the evening.

Our Haggadah (a Hebrew word, which means "the telling") is unique. It focuses on Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and his teaching, especially on his last night in the upper room.

Includes words and sheet music of the songs mentioned in the book and sung on Passover.

Uses the popular Complete Jewish Bible where the Scriptures are quoted. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars scam artists! don't order from these guys!
I ordered 5 haggadahs at 2 bucks each.shipping and handling was 4 bucks each! how is that possible?i got charged 4 bucks shipping and handling for each of the 5 books i ordered, totaling 20 bucks shipping, plus 2 bucks a book times 5 books was 10 bucks.i paid 30 bucks for some crummy paperback books that all got shipped together in the same box anyways.so how does that math add up? at least if you're gonna be jerks and charge me 4 bucks for shipping for each book, then i want my money's worth and you should have mailed each book separately.otherwise you're just pocketing the money and ripping people off! what a bunch of crooks! i will never order from this site again! and im going to tell all my friends too! jerks.

5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect Haggadah for Christians Celebrating Passover
We've used this Haggadah for several years and with large groups.It reads well and keeps young and old involved in the true spirit of this rememberance.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a true Haggadah
I am sorry if I offend anyone, but I find this "Haggadah" and others like it very objectionable.No true Haggdah would ever quote from the New Testament, and to do so in this format shows a basic lack of respect for Judaism and Jewish practices.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better ones!
The Messianic Passover Haggadah, sort of reminds me of a Reform Haggadah - it has all the elements but seems a bit on the short side.It does a pretty good job of blending the traditional elements with the details found in scripture about Messiah's Last Seder.

It's not perfect, but it is one of the better ones available.

1-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT A JEWISH BOOK
This is an objectionable product.
It demonstrates one of the ways many Christian prosletyzers use DECEPTION to draw people to Christianity.

With due respect to Xians, if you believe that Jesus is the messiah/divine/son of God, etc. then you are a XIAN, NOT A JEW. That is one of the original divisions between Judaism and Xianity.

So why is this book titled "Messianic" (i.e. Messianic Judaism)?It's a classic bait-and-switch: people looking for Jewish materials might fall for products marketed as "Messianic Judaism" when they would never select something marketed as "Christian."

That's why you cannot trust or support these authors/publishers who use deception to "steal souls." Don't waste your money on this trash.

If you are a Christian who is looking for the Jewish background of the Passover Haggadah/holiday/story, there are MUCH BETTER AUTHENTIC texts available on Amazon. ... Read more

31. Messianism, Zionism, and Jewish Religious Radicalism (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism)
by Aviezer Ravitzky
Paperback: 312 Pages (1996-09-01)
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The Orthodox Jewish tradition affirms that Jewish exile will end with the coming of the Messiah. How, then, does Orthodoxy respond to the political realization of a Jewish homeland that is the State of Israel? In this cogent and searching study, Aviezer Ravitzky probes Orthodoxy's divergent positions on Zionism, which range from radical condemnation to virtual beatification.

Ravitzky traces the roots of Haredi ideology, which opposes the Zionist enterprise, and shows how Haredim living in Israel have come to terms with a state to them unholy and therefore doomed. Ravitzky also examines radical religious movements, including the Gush Emunim, to whom the State of Israel is a divine agent. He concludes with a discussion of the recent transformation of Habad Hassidism from conservatism to radical messianism.

This book is indispensable to anyone concerned with the complex confrontation between Jewish fundamentalism and Israeli political sovereignty, especially in light of the tragic death of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Original and Well Researched
Original and Well Researched. Best (maybe only) complete intellectual history of Jewish religious views towards Zionism.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ultra- orthodox view of the modern state of Israel
I read this work in the original in Hebrew. I was impressed by the depth of Ravitzky's knowledge of the ultra- orthodox world, and learned much about Haredi resistance to Zionism , a subject that had always perplexted me. And this because I praying daily the verse 'And return our eyes to Zion with mercy' always assumed that somehow to be religious meant to support a modern Jewish state in the land of Israel.
As I know Ravitzky's political position and bias ( He is a left- of center religious Zionist, ) I have a certain reserve about his writing about Habad , who are in the other camp completely.
But this is certainly a work worth reading, and even studying if one wishes to understand the variety of religious positions on the redemptive character and nature of the modern state of Israel.

4-0 out of 5 stars "The Messiah and the Rabbis"
It is a shame that such a truly critcal subject as the Jewish right and its Messianic pretensions, has at this point, only one good resource in English, and this is it. More specifically, The Ultra-Orthodox right, has found it's chronicler in Avi Ravitzky and his history of their Messianic throught. He provides a comprehensive historical summary of the Messianic idea, going all the way back to the Destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD, then moves the discussion to the subjects of radical anti-zionism, religious zionism, contemporary Messianism in the various ultra-orthodox sects, and their continuing relavance in Jewish religious politics.

Especially important are the "Three Oaths" which the Rabbis developed to forestall Messianic Zionism, after 70 AD. These were so successful, they prevented Zionism from developing in times when it could have, and made the 20th century development of it much more difficult. However, the Three Oaths were only one strand of Jewish Messianic thought, which to a large degree still ignores the stupendous developments of the past 60 years as having no significance.

However, for this writer, the Holocaust and the birth of Israel, are exactly what would seem to an untrained observer: the arrival of the Messianic age. In my recent book, "Jewish History and Divine Providence" I provided an integrated Messianic view of Jewish history from a Liberal point of view. However, I begin from the point of view of Maimonides, whose messianic views were as sober and rational as the rest of his thought. In addition, the Kabbalah and its special rationality, is also critical in my analysis.

Ravitsky provides one side of the Messianic debate. However, until now a liberal side to this debate has been lacking. Those who read both Ravitzky and "Jewish History and Divine Providence" will get the full story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sympathetic yet objective account
Aviezer Ravitsky has done great work covering the history and beliefs of the full spectrum of religious responses to Zionism. From those who believed that Zionism was evil because of its secular nature and attempt to replace Divine Redemption with political redemption, to those who believe that the establishment of the State of Israel was preparation for Divine Redemption. He explains the differing points of view in such an unbiased and understanding manner that you are left wondering who is right. This was a mind-bending trip, and in my specific case, greatly helped me understand the beliefs and concerns of the Satmar Hassidim, whom my family left behind two generations ago in Satmar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Focused More Upon Modern than Historic Jewish "Radicalism"
A superb scan of theologically hard-right sects within modern Judaism, with a suprising focus on the situation in the NYC area and American religious Jews generally. The book could benefit from a fuller treatment ofthe Orthodox view toward Zionism in the pre-state period, but this area isin fact addressed fairly well. It is surely an essential volume in anycollection pertaining to the history of Zionism. ... Read more

32. The Challenges of the Pentecostal, Charismatic and Messianic Jewish Movements (Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology, and Biblical Studies)
by Peter Hocken
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This book explores the Pentecostal and charismatic movements, tracing their development and their variety. Hocken shows how these movements of the Holy Spirit, both outside the mainline churches and as renewal currents within the churches, can be understood as mutually challenging and as complementary. The similarities and the differences are significant. The Messianic Jewish movement possesses elements of both the new and the old. Addressing the issues of modernity and globalization, this book explores major phenomena in contemporary Christianity including the relationship between the new churches and entrepreneurial capitalism. ... Read more

33. Seeking Zion: Modernity and Messianic Activism in the Writings of Zevi Hirsch Kalischer (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (Series).)
by Jody Elizabeth Myers
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Tsevi Hirsch Kalischer (1795-1874) was one of the first Orthodox rabbis to advocate direct political action in order to radically transform Jewish life. Kalischer lived in a time when Jewish tradition was increasingly challenged by rational thought and social integration. Applying his knowledge of rabbinic literature to the unusual historical events unfolding around him, he became convinced that behind the rise of individual Jews to great power was a divine plan to prepare the way for messianic redemption. Kalischer anticipated that in his own lifetime he would see the ingathering of the Jews, the renewed cultivation of the land of Israel, and the restoration of sacrificial worship. This would be achieved not through supernatural agency but by the efforts of the Jews themselves, in the spirit of the time. The Jewish people was obligated by God to 'seek Zion'.Kalischer began his quest as early as 1836 when he approached the banker Amschel Mayer Rothschild with a plan to acquire Jerusalem and revive sacrificial worship. However, lacking Rothschild's co-operation and the approval of his rabbinic colleagues, Kalischer set aside his dream for almost twenty years.In 1862, spurred to action by the granting of equal rights to Jews and European assistance to the Jews of Palestine, he published his theories in Derishat tsiyon (Seeking Zion). From then until his death, Kalischer promoted and raised funds on behalf of the establishment of agricultural communes in Palestine.In this book Jody Myers explores for the first time the full range of Kalischer's writings-philosophical essays, correspondence, halakhic research, and biblical exegesis-presenting and critically analysing his groundbreaking formulation of modern messianic activism, which paved the way for later religious Zionism. She shows how Kalischer's approach marks a pivotal transition in the history of the messianic idea, andexplains how he designed his arguments to appeal both to religious Jews and to the newly emancipated Jews of western Europe who, grateful for their own fortune, wanted to assist the impoverished Jews of the Middle East. At the same time, his proposals generated controversy and uncovered the growing schisms between Jews in modern times. Through Kalischer's eyes, the reader gains a fascinating perspective on what it means to be both religious and modern. ... Read more

34. Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History (Essential Papers on Jewish Studies)
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The messianic idea that a redeemer sent by God will come to end the suffering of a persecuted people and inaugurate a new age of justice and peace has been one of the most powerful and influential concepts given by the Jewish people to western civilization. This book represents a sample of the most penetrating and provocative scholarly interpretations of Jewish messianic movement from various perspectives- historical, sociological, psychological, and religious.

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35. How Jewish Is Christianity?: 2 Views on the Messianic Movement (Counterpoints: Exploring Theology)
Paperback: 208 Pages (2003-11-04)
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A lively discussion in which six authors interact with each other on whether Messianic congregations are necessary or whether Jewish believers should instead be incorporated into the Gentile church ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars David vs Goliath
Bought the book knowing this was going to be a slaughter fest on the one anti-Messianic position.I already do not believe the Messianic movement is biblical, and wanted to hear what the other side had to say, so for me this book was what I was looking for.I was actually surprised how well Varner held his position against the onslaught of 4 pro Messianic's.Varner's last rebuttal on Fruchtenbaum was masterful.

May the Lord direct us all to unity.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not What I'd Hoped For
When I picked up this book, I expected that it would be a thorough theological elucidation of the merits and dismerits of Messianic Judaism from the perspective of Christian theology and that it would present and even-handed evaluation of that movement.Sadly, that was not what I found.
On the whole, I found this volume to be highly unbalanced.Of five authors contributing to the study, four were pro-Messianic and one was anti-Messianic.Such an unbalanced number of proponents and detractors is not in the best interest of serious theological study.Secondly, for me the book was a further disappointment in that it considered only the Messianic synagogue movement, rather than the entire notion of where, how, and to what extent should Jews who convert to Christianity retain Jewish practices, regardless of the question of synagogue legitimacy.There is so much more that could have been and should have been done with this topic, but sadly was not.
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36. The Fifth Cup Haggadah: A Messianic Jewish Haggadah
by Thomas D. Keck
Paperback: 44 Pages (2003-03-14)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This Haggadah assists non-Jewish believers in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) to acquire a greater understanding and appreciation of the Last Supper. Jews and non-Jews alike can learn the significance and symbology of the Fifth Cup, Elijah's Cup, in the coming Kingdom as the prophecies of old come to fruition. Provides instruction on how to observe a Passover Feast as we recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as the Passover Lamb. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful haggadah
I loved the full color illustrations and simple presentation. Very readable. Gives new meaning of Passover and the Last Supper.

3-0 out of 5 stars Rather Average
This Haggadah was just OK.Definately NOT for use with non-Messianic people in my opinion.I had a Jewish co-worker take a look at this and she agreed that it would be somewhat offensive to the non-Messianic.I ordered 20 copies for use at the Seder I make for our church, and there were several places which had different texts from one book to the other.I don't think I will be using these books again!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Passover Resource For Jews and Non-Jews
An integrated look at the Passover seder and celebration combining traditional Judaic thought with application to modern day believers. Easy to read and understand. A must buy if you wish to celebrate both Easter and Passover. ... Read more

37. Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People
by Mark S. Kinzer
Paperback: 320 Pages (2005-11-01)
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Asin: 1587431521
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Kinzer's book a must-read
Mark Kinzer brilliantly suggests a new paradigm for understanding the relationship of the Jewish people and the historic Church. Lucid, logical, measured, penetrating and filled with hope for a relationship of mutual blessing - I found this book to be a joy filled read.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Just Dosen't Work
Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism is a tough book to review. Half of me wants to give it 5 stars, the other half zero. The author is bright and some of its strong points are extremely strong and insightful, but because of its equally strong bad points, the book just doesn't work, in my opinion.

The title itself means that Messianic Jews have been encouraged - in the past - to maintain their Jewish connections as a way to evangelize ("missionary"). Modern Messianic Judaism tends to now advocate maintaining ones Jewish roots because this is right and good - not for pragmatic or evangelistic reasons.

The book's strong suit is its argument that the early Jewish Christians retained their Judaism. He also demonstrates (from a few selections by key church fathers) that the early church chose to separate itself from its Jewish roots because of persecution directed by the Romans toward the Jews.

Mark Kinzer's main thesis is that, "the New Testament teaches a bilateral ecclesiology in solidarity with Israel." He in essence argues for a Jewish church whose members are Torah observant, remain involved within the Jewish community and synagogue, while also fellowshipping with gentile believers who are thusly connected to Israel through these Jewish believers.

As far as proving this proposition, the author does a pretty good job. Beyond this, however, the book becomes questionable at best.

What's wrong? The author uses a poor hermeneutic (or at least not an evangelical one), his hermeneutic leads to the opposite position regarding his main proposition, he interprets texts with an agenda, trying to force unnatural interpretations on verses that contradict his proposition, he suggest that Jews can be saved apart from faith in Jesus (Yeshua), he quotes more from Roman Catholic sources than he does evangelical ones, and he also proposes that modern Messianic Jews must follow both the Torah and the oral Torah (tradition) as though the Bible had nothing to say about this.

His principle of hermeneutics suggests that the Bible is "irreducibly ambiguous" (which is far from always true), that we need to take into account how Christian readers have understood a text down through the ages (which destroys the author's proposition, since Christian readers have embraced an anti-Semitic reading for about 1800 years!), and that we must adjust our hermeneutics in light of history.

His suggested interpretations of passages that contradict his proposition are completely unsatisfying.In Galatians 2:14, where Peter confronts Paul and says, "You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?" the author suggests a couple of interpretations (one borrowed, one original) that actually made me doubt his proposition. No answer is better than an obviously contrived one.

For the Biblicist, this book does not make the grade. It is geared more toward Roman Catholics or other groups who do not feel compelled to develop their theology from solid exegesis. Many of its theological extensions were quite a reach.

Yet, nonetheless, it does excel in provoking thought, and some of the passages were carefully interpreted in creative and potentially accurate ways.

I would recommend this book to the theologian, leader, or discerning reader who has significant interest in Messianic Judaism and the role of Israel in God's dealings. It might be appreciated by those with sympathies toward Roman Catholicism.

There are many grains of wheat amongst the tares here. Nonetheless, for most readers, I would recommend "They Loved the Torah" as a more Scripturally-based work.

Additionally, Kinzer can strongly advocate a "post-missionary" approach because he does not see non-messianic Jews as necessarily lost. Commenting on the exclusive statement of John 14:6 where Jesus implies He is the only way to God, Kinzer writes,
"John does not provide a comprehensive teaching on soteriology. The book fails to tell us about the fate of the vast multitude who have not rejected Yeshua but who have not specifically embraced him."

His Romish method of interpreting Scripture justifies this: "However, the basic thesis of a canonical and theological interpretation of scripture is that our reading of each text and each book should be guided by the vision of the canon as a whole, as viewed within the life of the believing community in the context of its journey through history." Translation: the Bible doesn't say what it means, but can only be interpreted by examining how others have interpreted it over the centuries.Again, I would argue, such a hermeneutic reinforces anti-Semitism, since that is the track record of Christian interpretation, especially within Catholicism.

One must note that the "salvation only through faith in Jesus" in Acts 4:12 and John 14:6 were both directed to a JEWISH audience. If there is another way of salvation, then it is for the gentiles!

5-0 out of 5 stars Unique Book for Christians, Messianic Jews, and Jews
There are two main ideas in this book, argued in an academic style suitable for serious theological inquiry: (1) that Jewish followers of Jesus have a covenantal obligation to Torah and Jewish community and (2) that Jewish tradition (a.k.a. the rabbis) are an authoritative voice for Messianic Jewish practice (though not an infallible one).

Post-missionary does not mean we Messianic Jews have no message for our Jewish people. It is a term urging the Christian community to take a different stance toward the Jewish people. Instead of "we're right-you're wrong-so listen to what we have to say," Kinzer argues that Christian should support a Messianic Jewish model of promoting Jesus from within Judaism rather than from the outside. (A practical example might be a Christian introducing their Jewish friend to a Messianic Jewish community rather than presenting Jesus as calling for conversion away from Judaism and assimilation into Christianity).

The premise of the book sounds radical to those unfamiliar with Judaism, to Christians who assume Judaism is a false religion, and to many Messianic Jews who reject Jewish tradition. Kinzer's argument is very tight. This book may change your paradigm.

To see more about this book, you may wish to read an article from my blog called, "Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism, 3 Yrs Later," [...]

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject
This is the most comprehensive, one volume book out there on the subject matter. As a history buff, I love this book on so many levels. If I say more, I may ruin the academic surprises that are so well presented for the reader. I would go so far as to say the this book should be required reading in colleges, churches, synogogues, bible studies, etc. etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars be a jew because God said to be a Jew, not to be a better missionary
Argues convincingly that Yeshua-following Jews are called to be Jewish because God commanded them to be and not for any missionary motivation.One of the best books around for digging into the sociological and theological setting of the intra-Jewish and Gentile issues of the first century, and their implications for the Church. While this book is very important for the Church, it needs further clarification and so we wait for more from Kinzer and/or from others in dialog with him. ... Read more

38. Messianic Torah Devotional: Messianic Jewish Devotionals for the Five Books of Moses
by Kevin Geoffrey
Paperback: 216 Pages (2008-08-31)
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Presenting the five books of Moses from a distinctly Messianic Jewish perspective, the Messianic Torah Devotional will forever change the way you see your relationship with God.The topics of Torah--from the fundamental to the fiery--are sure to stir you toward a life of unparalleled holiness and commitment to the Master, Yeshua.With devotional writings corresponding to each of the Torah portions as defined by the traditional Jewish annual reading cycle, the Messianic Torah Devotional illuminates Israel's distinguishing covenant as a rich source of nourishment for the hungry disciple of Messiah.Join Messianic Jewish teacher and author Kevin Geoffrey in this third offering from the Messianic Devotional series, as he leads you on a humbling journey from the Garden to the Jordan, and encourages you to continue developing the life-transforming discipline of devotion. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Divotions, Messianic
I bought three different titles from this author. The books are great, I use them all of the time. I recieved the books in a timely manner and in very good condition. ... Read more

39. The Scroll of Secrets: The Hidden Messianic Vision of R. Nachman of Breslav (Reference Library of Jewish Intellectual History)
by Zvi Mark
Paperback: 350 Pages (2010-04-08)
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Concealed for two centuries and known only to a select individual in each generation, the Scroll of Secrets is the hidden Messianic vision of R. Nachman of Bratslav. Despite being written in an encoded language, with acronyms and abbreviations, after a clarification and cautious reconstruction of what can be decoded, the reader is presented with an exalted Messianic vision. The book marks a turning point in our knowledge of R. Nachman's spiritual world, and initiates a renewed discussion of an intriguing Hasidism that excites scholars and broad circles within the Jewish and Israeli publics. The reader is presented with a sublime and enticing vision of the eschatological End of Days that contains song and prayer, Torah, melodies and longings, and love and compassion for every man. ... Read more

40. The Messianic Revelation Series V.1. Announcing: Judgment Day
by Eliyahu ben David
Paperback: 192 Pages (2009-04-16)
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Thousands of books have been written on Revelation, most from one of only a handful of theological schemes. Finally, one book has been written that offers a truly unique perspective on Revelation; the book you are reading about right now.This book has been written at the request of radio listeners from over 65 countries who have heard this Messianic/Hebraic perspective on Revelation in recent months, on the author's international radio program. Listeners have said this perspective is so fresh and so obviously true that it is nothing short of life-changing. The author plainly demonstrates in these pages, complete with illustrations, that the prophetic message of Revelation speaks to the very time and situation which grips the world today. Did you sense the global spiritual shift that occurred in 2008? The series of radio programs that inspired this book predicted in advance the very changes that started unfolding upon the world during that year. Radio listeners have seen the occurrence of predicted events as confirmation of this Revelation message, which has now been refined and encapsulated in this book, with new material also added.Based on the experience of many radio listeners who have already heard this message, here is what you can expect as you read this book: You will finally break the barrier of superficiality that clouds most teachings on Revelation. The unique Hebraic approach of this book will help you to have a sense of certainty about what Revelation really means. Read this book and Revelation will become as relevant to your daily life as your morning newspaper. More relevant in fact, since it will give you timely insight into God's Great Plan. According to this Hebraic account of Revelation, Divine judgments that have waited for millennia are now being unrolled upon the world. The insights gained from rightly understanding Revelation can aid you personally to be prepared for these judgment events, so that you can emerge through them with a favorable outcome. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars it really opens up the topic
Written from the Messianic Jewish point of view this book takes Revelation from a book full of dark references to a place of light and clarity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Revelation Series
If you have read a few books on Revelation you will find this book much different.This book by Eliyahu is from a Messianic Jewish perspective.The same perspective that the original author had, and used in writting Revelation.It would stand to reason that the average modern day Christian would not understand Revelation much less explain it.If you are ready to open the message of Revelation order this book.You will not stop reading it and it will greatly expand your understanding of scripture. If you are done with the usual commentary," which amounts to guess work and idea's", on Revelation order "Announcing Judgement Day" by Eliyahu Ben David.Eliyahu brings the scriptures from the Old Testament to light,that show you, for example,where the 4 horseman come from and their purpose.No more guesswork,the answer is in the scriptures if you know where to look.You have read the rest now read the best.Another great book from Eliyahu!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh Vision and Manna
This book describes an awe-inspiring vision Eliyahu ben David had.It becomes clear, reading this book, that what he saw was given to him from our Creator.Who else knows this stuff?Revelation records the things that must happen so it is a comfort to believers to know them in advance.The throne room vision was extremely thought provoking!The way Eliyahu interwove history, current events, and Bible prophecy, as well as Zechariah with the Book of Revelation, the covenant, and so many so called "Old Testament" Scriptures into the discussion offers great insight to our generation.His explanation of the meaning of periods of time so greatly altered my thinking on the Book of Revelation that I began seeing Revelation, as well as the Bible, in a whole new way. This vision, and Eliyahu's portrayal of it, is fresh and breathes new life into the thinking on these very familiar prophecy subjects.As a fan of Bible study, history, and Bible prophecy books--this is a "must read!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Revelation is no longer impossible to understand!
I have heard many interpretations of the book of Revelation and attempted many times to read it myself but it always ended up sounding like something out of science fiction movie. It seemed the more I read and listened to all the views of so called experts the more confused I became. I am so grateful that someone has been able to change that and I am now able to not only understand but see how easy it should have been all alone. Eliyahu ben David knows how to take the science fiction out with his Hebraic look at Revelation. It all comes together now and as soon as you read it you know it is the truth! It is truly an amazing book!

5-0 out of 5 stars "Real Meat For Real Truth Seekers"
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As a fan & regular listener of Tsiyon.org & author Eliyahu Ben David,I am very impressed with how the materiel on the Revelation Series is being presented currently on the airs waves and through this book. This is real meat, not just the milk.& I must add, that this is the best, exciting Revelation Series, that I have heard & read that actually makes sense & fits with the writings of the prophets found in the first half of the Bible known as the Old Testament.

Tsiyon ministries is currently covering the topic "The Revelation Series, on the airs waves & through this book &does a great job, going in-depth explaining things to the reader. Real truth seekers will want to read this book.(Those that love the truth, & dig deep to get the truth), will find this book very easy to understand & this will build their appetite for more truth.

This material in this book is a real reality check for the present day we live in & for the times ahead. (Things that are going to happen in the very near future), & this should be a wake up call for people to see the Truth & to act upon it. I am really impressed with this book, b/c, so many other teachers & commentators have seemed to miss the mark when it comes to interpreting the Book of Revelation.This book has given me a fresh new look at the Book of Revelation with Hebraic eyes, which is needed in order to really understand it. After all, it was a Messianic Jew who wrote the book of Revelation. ... Read more

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