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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Messianic Jewish Theology

In a past blog article I wrote about five kinds of Hebrew Catholics. Richard Harvey in 2009 published a book called "Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology" in which he listed eight kinds of Messianic Jews who have or are developing their own kind of Messianic Jewish theology.

They are:

1. Jewish Christianity [represented by Baruch Maoz]
2. Dispensational Hebrew Christianity [represented by Arnold Fruchtenbaum]
3. Israeli National and Restorationist [represented by Gershon Nerel]
4. New Testament Halakah [represented by Dan Juster and David Stern]
5. Traditional Judaism and the Messiah [represented by Michael Schiffman, John Fischer and David Friedman]
6. Postmissionary Messianic Judaism [represented by Mark Kinzer, Rich Nichol and Tsvi Sadan]
7. Rabbinic Halakah in the Light of the New Testament [represented by Joseph Shulam]
8. Messianic Rabbinic Orthodoxy [[represented by Elazar Brandt]

Most Hebrew Catholics would not have heard of most of these people except for possibly Mark Kinzer and David Stern. Baruch Maoz is an Israeli Christian pastor whose parents were Russian Jews that settled in America. Baruch was born in America in 1943 but moved with his family at age 10 to Israel. His famous book is called " Judaism is not Jewish: A friendly Critique of the Messianic Movement". He is a critic of any reliance by Messianic Jews on Rabbinic authority. He is thus an Evangelical Protestant pastor of Jewish background and israeli nationality.

Arnold Fruchtenbaum was an Ashkenazi Jew also born in 1943 in Russia and at the age of 4 his family moved to Germany and then in 1958 to America. He founded Ariel Ministries and is concerned with the evangelisation of Jews as the number one priority. Gershon Nerel is a Israeli who lives in the Messianic community Yad Hashmona in Israel and prefers the term Jewish believer in Yeshua. Dan Juster is an American Jew who was the first president of Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and the founder of Tikkun Minstries. He now resides in Israel. David Stern is an American Jew now based in Jerusalem who produced the Messianic Jewish Bible and wrote the 'Messianic Jewish Manifesto'.

Michael Schiffman is an American Messianic Jewish Rabbi who wrote "Return of the remnant: The Rebirth of the Messianic Judaism". John Fischer is an American Messianic Rabbi born in Hungary in 1946. David Friedman was the former Academic Dean at the King of Kings college in Jerusalem. Like Mark kinzer Rabbi Rich Nichol is a leader in the UMJC today in America. Rabbi Tsvi Sadan is an Israeli Messianic Jew who publishes 'Kivun'. Joseph Shulam is a pioneer of Messianic Judaism in Israel and Elazar Brandt is an Israeli Messianic Jewish musician.

It is interesting that distinct forms of theology from a Messianic Jewish perspective are developing and we are looking forward to this development among Hebrew Catholics in the future. It is pleasing to note those developments in Messianic cirlces that are departing from merely parrotting Evangelical Protestant theology with a Jewish gloss. The turn towards liturgy, tradition and mysticism shows a positive move of the Holy Spirit among certain groups of Messianic Jews.


Anonymous said...

i believe you are sencere. i also believe that if you would stay focused on your birth heritage for an indefinite amount of time you will find a true path for the one you are on is completely confused. delve into the inner true learnings of your birth heritage and let the false stuff fall to the wayside. may you have a year of clarity.

Teófilo de Jesús said...

Funny guy this anonymous.

Let me ask you this: what if you are wrong, what if Christ completes one's heritage - not only the Jewish heritage, but *specially* the Jewish heritage - instead of renting it asunder?


Anonymous said...

Hello. Interesting article, interesting blog.

I noticed that you posted a picture of your mother, whom I presume was Jewish, right underneath an image of the gentiles' god that has been the rallying cry for so much shedding of innocent Jewish blood.

Your mother, if she was a Jew, had a heritage from Sinai that teaches:
1. "G-d is not a man" (Numbers 23:19), so Jesus could not possibly have been "fully man and fully god".
2. "Everyone dies for his own sin" (Deuteronomy 24:16), so Jesus could not possibly have "died for your sins".
3. Most importantly of all (the First Commandment) is "have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3), no divine intermediaries, pray directly to G-d alone; the n/t claim that there's "no way to the Father but through [Jesus]" can't possibly be correct in light of the First Commandment.
4. G-d asked, rhetorically, "Is there any G-d besides Me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one" (Isaiah 44:8) to hammer home His point in Deut. 6:4 that "the L-rd is one". That means that the L-rd can't possibly be three, and that there are not three distinct persons in the godhead.

It would be a beautiful way for you to honor your beloved mother's memory for you to delve into her rich heritage and to make it your own. After all, the only way for her to be a link in the chain from Sinai is for you to be connected to it. It's in your hands.