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In Part 6 of my series “Unveiling Messianic Judaism,” we need to pause to clarify a few important points

By Ori ben Gvir | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
Photo: Abir Sultan/Flash90

A pause is necessary before continuing with the story of the Israeli Messianic movement. At some point, readers may ask themselves about the author’s motivation for writing this book, and whether or not his own experience and theological bent are causing him to write a polemic narrative.

Such an impression could be the result of the apologetic story told so far about the Messianic movement. This defensive approach, shared by any movement whose vision includes a demand for a paradigm shift in religious convictions and cultural norms, is not only understandable, it is expected from people who are deeply committed to their vision. 

Still, this should not come at the expense of the truth, even when that truth is not self-serving, which is something most Messianic Jews would readily acknowledge. And yet, most of those same people will instinctively tell you that there are some 20,000 Messianic Jews living in Israel today, even though the evidence suggests this number to be grossly inflated.

Today there are around 150 established congregations and numerous other home groups throughout...

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