MembersWho are the Israeli Messianic Jesus-Believers?

Is the term Messianic Jews a problematic nomenclature that even many local believers in Jesus would like to replace?

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
Illustration. Not all "Messianic" Jews necessarily believe in Jesus. Judaism itself is inherently messianic.  Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The brand-new survey-book titled Jesus-believing Israelis: Exploring Messianic Fellowships, prepared by David Serner and Alexander Goldberg, was released in February 2022 by Jerusalem’s Caspari Center. Except for a short appendix which refers to Israelis within the Roman Catholic and the Russian Orthodox Churches, plus an additional section on international fellowships in Israel, the survey focuses on a large diversity of Protestant Messianics in the Land. The book aims to update the information published in 1999 in a previous survey titled Facts and Myths about the Messianic Congregations in Israel, conducted by Kai Kjaer-Hansen and Bodil Skjott, which placed even Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses (!) among the local Messianics.


Avoiding the Title Messianic Jew

The heading and subheading of the new book avoid the appellations Messianic Jews – or Jewish Messianics. Instead, the surveyors preferred the basic and general term Messianics, which literally means Christians – without including “Jewish.” Thus, for example, the book spotlights...

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