Issue 20 - Winter/Spring 2006


This issue of Kesher offers a forum on the ongoing dialogue on the nature and direction of Messianic Judaism. Dr. Mark Kinzer’s new book Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People serves as a catalyst for this dia-logue. Kinzer’s Postmissionary Messianic Judaism seeks to redefine Messianic Judaism in terms of its relationship with Judaism and Christianity and has received wide recognition due to its publication by a mainstream academic publisher.

Articles and Book Reviews...
Andrew Sparks This issue of Kesher offers a forum on the ongoing dialogue on the nature and direction of Messianic Judaism. Dr. Mark Kinzer’s new book Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People serves as a catalyst for this dialogue. Kinzer’s Postmissionary Messianic Judaism seeks to redefine Messianic Judaism in terms of its relationship with Judaism and Christianity and has received wide recognition due to its publication by a mainstream academic publisher. In the following...Read More >>

Jonathan Kaplan This issue of Kesher is dedicated to fostering discussion about Mark S. Kinzer’s new work Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People. Kinzer, an ordained rabbi of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Zera Avraham in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as president of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, the center for theological studies of the UMJC. He has been influential in the development of the theological conversation in the...Read More >>

David H. Stern Mark Kinzer has written an original, broad and deep study of ecclesiology, presenting a paradigm shift in how to understand the relationships between the church, the Jewish people, and Messianic Jews. He writes: Despite its title, this is not mainly a book about Messianic Judaism but about the ekklesia—the community of those who believe in Yeshua the Messiah—and its relationship to the Jewish people. It is a book about supersessionism and the ecclesiological implications of its repudiation. Supersessionism teaches that...Read More >>

Daniel C. JusterMark Kinzer has recently authored a very important book on Messianic Judaism. The book is clearly and logically presented and persuasive, however, I do have some disagreements.   A HERMENEUTIC OF LOVE The first chapter of Kinzer’s book provides us with a very helpful hermeneutic. When the teaching of Scripture is clear, we are to be submitted to this teaching. Sometimes texts are capable of different overall interpretations. When this is the case, we should choose a probable interpretation that is...Read More >>

Mitch Glaser As a career missionary, I read the title of Mark Kinzer’s new book, Postmissionary Messianic Judaism, with some consternation. After all, he seems to be indicating that my job is obsolete! However, Kinzer has made it clear in conversation that the title of the book was not intended to be disrespectful to the Jewish missions community. In fact, Kinzer believes that the modern Messianic movement owes a debt of gratitude to the recent work of Jewish missions. Kinzer is to...Read More >>

R. Kendall Soulen Good books, though rare enough, are more common than important books. Mark Kinzer has written a good and important book. Kinzer writes lucidly and argues his case clearly and cogently. He is fair-minded and judicious in dealing with the evidence he covers, even when treating data that create difficulties for his position, and he is careful and nuanced in his description of other thinkers and movements, even with positions that he does not endorse. When required by the evidence, he is suitably...Read More >>

Douglas K. Harink I believe Mark Kinzer’s Postmissionary Messianic Judaism makes a timely, groundbreaking and crucial theological contribution in several respects: 1. It reflects and contributes to the theological maturing of Messianic Judaism; 2. It challenges Christian theology to ask more seriously what it will make of the Jewish people and practice, in the first place as found in the messianic ekklesia, but then also as found in its non-messianic forms; 3. It challenges non-messianic Jewish theology...Read More >>

Peter Hocken As a Catholic friend and close observer of the Messianic Jewish movement, I want to give a warm welcome to Mark Kinzer’s new book Postmissionary Messianic Judaism. My reasons for this welcome are as follows. First, for seeking to provide a distinctively Messianic Jewish ecclesiology.  His ecclesiology is summarised in five basic principles: “1. the perpetual validity of God’s covenant with the Jewish people; 2. the perpetual validity of the Jewish way of life rooted in...Read More >>

Mark S. Kinzer I must begin by thanking Kesher, and my esteemed reviewers, for awarding Postmissionary Messianic Judaism such serious attention. I can only hope that the book will receive similar treatment within our movement as a whole, as well as within the wider Christian and Jewish worlds. I have learned much over the years from these six respondents, and, I am happy to report, these respondents show that I am still learning from them. It would be a pleasure to...Read More >>
Articles and Book Reviews
Ancient Literature
Elliot Klayman2006-03-16 11:29
In search of the nature of the community through examination of...Read More >>
 
Book Review
Russ Resnik2006-03-16 11:36
by Michael Wyschogrod; edited and Introduction by R. Kendall Soulen...Read More >>
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