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Should Jewish rituals be continued if one converts to Christianity? Kinzer believes that the election of Israel is irrevocable, that rabbinic Judaism is a movement employed by God to preserve the distinctive calling of the Jews, and that Messianic Jews should honor the covenant obligations of Israel. 192 pages, hardcover. Brazos.
In recent years, a new form of Messianic Judaism has emerged that has the potential to serve as a bridge between Jews and Christians. Giving voice to this movement, Mark Kinzer makes a case for nonsupersessionist Christianity. He argues that the election of Israel is irrevocable, that Messianic Jews should honor the covenantal obligations of Israel, and that rabbinic Judaism should be viewed as a movement employed by God to preserve the distinctive calling of the Jewish people.
Though this book will be of interest to Jewish readers, it is written primarily for Christians who recognize the need for a constructive relationship to the Jewish people that neither denies the role of Jesus the Messiah nor diminishes the importance of God's covenant with the Jews.
Mark S. Kinzer (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is president of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, the leadership-training center for the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, and chair of its theology department. He is also an ordained rabbi and an adjunct professor of Jewish studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.