A very sympathetic introduction to the world of Messianic Judaism, to those ultimately familiar only with the (salient) categories of "Christians" and "Jews"...though the author herself is a non-Messianic reconstructionist Rabbi, the telling is not antagonistic, and in some places, uses words that are almost overly-embracing! Nevertheless, a very good book for those at the edges of the Messianic movement and considering joining, at least as far as getting a better understanding.
This book was a smooth read, and perhaps a different source of insight than the usual sources on Messianic Judaism (i.e. practioners and supporters)... There's nothing like an outside perspective to really shed light on things as people tend to be oblivious to the basic components of their own cultural existence. If you're interested in finding out more about this (seemingly) new religious movement, then take a peek at this work. Here's the story: … more
In this ethnography, Harris-Shapiro (Temple Univ.) describes her research into Messianic JudaismAsomething she shows that both Protestantism and Judaism view as taboo. Messianic Judaism wants Jews to complete their faith by accepting Yeshua (Jesus) and for Christianity to return to its Jewish roots. The movement works for people who want to practice both Judaism and ChristianityAsay, intermarried couplesAbut leaves little room for Gentiles. Though the responses to Harris-Shapiro's questions sometimes lack substance, her cogent and lucid writing allows her to present an unbiased academic study of a community's theology. The main value of this book, though, is its explanation of why and how both Christianity and Judaism reject Messianic Judaism. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries where collections support programs in religion, Judaica, or Christian traditions.ANaomi Hafter, Broward Cty. Lib., Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.