A new translation of the Calvinist/Reformed Westminster Confession of Faith into modern Hebrew has been circulated among Jewish believers in Israel. Should this old creed, originally shaped by Scottish and English theologians around 1647, serve as a doctrine for contemporary Israeli Messianic Jews?
This is not the only credo that the historical churches have translated into Hebrew and promulgated locally in order to structure the theological thinking of Israeli believers. Many more man-made declarations of faith have been systematically introduced in the Land of the Bible, such as the Creed of the Assemblies of God, the Anglican 39 Articles of Faith, the Lutheran and Baptist Catechisms, Beliefs of Adventists, and a large variety of American “Messianic” creeds which simply copy Evangelical doctrines, to mention just a few.
The Westminster Confession of Faith, which is actually based on creedal foundations from the fourth and fifth centuries, mainly the Nicaean (325 AD) and Chalcedonian (451 AD), is...
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