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Messianic Jews and Jewish identity

Kollontai, Pauline (2004) Messianic Jews and Jewish identity. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 3 (2). pp. 195-205.

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Abstract

In recent years Messianic Judaism has grown considerably worldwide and has caused much concern within the contemporary Jewish community. Messianic Jews claim they are completely Jewish, but they are considered by the majority of the Jewish community to be Christian apostates. This paper considers the practices and beliefs of the Messianic community, explores the issue of their identity and reflects on this in relation to Jewish identity throughout the universal Jewish community. It explores the question of placing Messianic Jews outside the Jewish fold, given that the various branches of contemporary Judaism are deeply divided over central tenets of faith and practice. It considers the Messianic belief in Jesus as the Messiah in the light of normative Jewish approaches to aspects of Halakhic teaching.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1080/1472588042000225857
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/144

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