The infant church in Jerusalem faced a quandary: what to do with Gentiles who desired to be part of the new body of Messianic believers. Today, the concern is reversed. How should the church view Jewish believers who want to express their nationality and heritage? Are Messianic congregations necessary, or should Jewish believers be incorporated into the Gentile church? How Jewish should a Messianic congregation be? In How Jewish is Christianity? one non-Jewish contributor and four Jewish leaders in Yeshua (Jesus) consider two different viewpoints on how Jewish disciples of Jesus can articulate and live out their faith. William Varner argues that we do not need the Messianic congregation because all the needs of Jewish believers can be met in the church. This book furnishes each perspective with a forum for presentation, critique, and defense, allowing you to draw your own conclusions. It also offers a perspective chapter on the future for Messianic Jews and a directory of Messianic movement organizations.
Diverse perspectives about the messianic movement from six contributors. Are Messianic congregations necessary or should Jewish believers be incorporated into the Gentile church? This is the topic of the latest volume in the Counterpoints series. The question of how Christian Jews relate their Jewish practices and customs to the church has been an issue within Christianity since the first century. Contemporary contributors who have lived and wrestled with this issue present informed arguments and counter-arguments. The book concludes with a chapter on the future for Messianic Jews and a directory of messianic movement organizations. Contributors include: John Fischer (ThD, California Graduate School of Theology, PhD, University of South Florida) is a rabbi of Congregation Ohr Chadash and Chairman of Judaic Studies at St. Petersburg Theological Seminary. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum (ThM, PhD, New York University) has served with the Chosen People Ministries and Christian Jew Foundation in the past and is now the founder and director of Ariel Ministries. Gershon Nerel (PhD, Hebrew University, Jerusalem) has served as Israel Secretary for the International Messianic Jewish Alliance and has also been a member of the executive committee for the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel. David Stern (PhD, MDiv) is the translator of the Jewish New Testament from Greek to English to express its Jewishness; his version of the Tanak is the Complete Jewish Bible. Will Varner (EdD, Temple University) servers as professor of biblical studies at the Masters College, CA, and the director of the Israel Bible Extension campus of this college in Israel. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.
Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.
The late Louis Goldberg (ThD, Grace Theological Seminary), general editor, served on the faculty of Moody Bible Institute for thirty years and was the author of Our Jewish Friends, Are There Two Ways of Atonement? and other books.
William Varner (EdD, Temple University), formerly dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies with Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, is professor of biblical studies at The Master's College in California.
Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum (ThM, PhD, New York University) is the founder and director of Ariel Ministries.
David Stern (MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the translator of the Jewish New Testament and the Complete Jewish Bible.
John Fischer (ThD, California Graduate School of Theology, PhD University of South Florida) is a rabbi and chairman of Judaic Studies at St. Petersburg Theological Seminary.
Gershon Nerel (PhD, Hebrew University, Jerusalem) has served with the International Messianic Jewish Alliance and the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel.