MembersPalestinian Messianic Jews – Which Hebrew Hymnals Did They Produce? (Part 9)

Meet the pre-state Messianic Jewish leader who labored to provide local believers with Hebrew-language praise and worship material

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
Young religious Jews sing songs of praise to God for restoring to them the Land of Israel. Photo: Kobi Gideon/FLASH90

Since the early 1930s until the end of the British Mandate (May 1948) in Eretz-Israel, the Land of Israel, it was the late Moshe Immanuel Ben-Meir (1905-1978) who took the lead in producing Hebrew worship booklets for the local Palestinian Messianic Jews. Ben-Meir was born in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City and being a ‘Sabra,’ a name given to locally born Jews, he eloquently mastered the Hebrew language.

As he grew up within the Ashkenazi Yishuv, where his family spoke Yiddish (German-Hebrew dialect), he also easily learnt German. Later on, in the late 1920s after studying at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, he also became proficient in English.

 

Significance of Hymnology

Ben-Meir wholeheartedly labored to equip the tiny nascent group of Jewish Yeshua-believers that spoke Hebrew, numbering only several dozens, with edifying hymns, carols, and doxologies in Hebrew.

To achieve that goal, he first collected some traditional...

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