To be Jewish, maintains, Baruch Moaz, is a blessing from God. But how should Jewish Christians worship? If they join churches, there is a real risk of assimilation. But if they establish synagogues, gentile Christians feel excluded.
Some Jewish Christians have tried to solve these problems through messianic Judaism, which allows them to proclaim Jesus as Messiah while retaining Jewish lifestyle and worship. in Come Let Us Reason Together Baruch Moaz maintains that the two cannot so easily be combined. He maintains that it is possible to be both Christian and Jewish without messianic Judaism, and he points the way for Jewish Christians to retain their cultural identity without losing fellowship with other Christians.
How should Jewish Christians worship? Does Messianic Judaism let them blend faith in Jesus with Jewish practice? Baruch Maoz disagrees, offering a better way to retain Jewish cultural identity without losing fellowship with other Christians.
Baruch Maoz served for 33 years as Pastor of Grace and Truth Christian Congregation near Tel Aviv and Field Leader for Christian Witness to Israel. He is Senior Editor of the Modern Hebrew Bible, Coeditor of the Annotated Hebrew New Testament, and Founder and former Coeditor of Mishkan: An International Theological Forum on Jewish Evangelism.
"This is a supremely helpful analysis of Messianic Judaism and a host of biblical questions raised by that controversial movement. To what degree is it appropriate for Jewish believers in Jesus to preserve Jewish ceremonies and rabbinical traditions in their worship? Baruch Maoz is uniquely qualified to write on the subject, and he has done so with a charitable tone and point-by-point thoroughness that will benefit people on all sides of the controversy. I greatly appreciate his relentlessly biblical approach."
"Jewish believers in Jesus have long been plagued with critical questions: How are we to live our lives? Are we to worship in churches with our gentile brothers and sisters or are we to commit ourselves to Messianic Judaism? This book is must reading for anyone who cares about the Jewish people."
"Finally, a clear, contemporary exposition on evangelizing the Jews. This long-needed book, written with mind and soul by one intimately acquainted with the subject, is packed with spiritual and practical instruction. It is a must read for all Christians and denominations involved in, or contemplating, Jewish evangelism."
"This book is written with a passion. The author is convinced that a visible unity of Jews and gentiles in Christ is a demonstration of the Gospel's transforming power. He longs for the day when God will sum up everything in Christ - everything in heaven and earth (Eph. 1:10) - and calls upon his readers to live for that day."
"An excellent treatise on Jewish evangelism from a reformed perspective as well as an effective and appropriate critique into the current messianic movement."