To Be Christian and Jewish

To Be Christian and Jewish

One of the most prolific missionaries to the Jewish people saw no conflict between Judaism and faith in Jesus


As waves of Jewish immigrants flooded into New York at the end of the 19th century, Christian missionaries waited anxiously to tell the impoverished multitudes about Jesus and convert them to Christianity. 

One of those missionaries came up with a bright idea. He didn’t ask Jews to convert to Christianity, nor turn away from their people and traditions. He offered them the possibility of preserving their rich Jewish heritage by believing in the Jesus the Messiah. He showed them that faith in Jesus would ensure both salvation and lead to a level of spirituality that would be the envy of Christians and Jews. His idea became the most successful evangelistic strategy for reaching Jewish people with the Gospel in modern times.

Of course, it was a Jew who formulated and practiced this unique mission, which in time became a movement known as “Hebrew Christians,” and later Messianic Judaism. 

Itsak Leib Joszovics was born in Hungry in 1862 into a strict Orthodox Jewish family. As a child, when his father...