Issue 25 - Summer 2011

The majority of the articles in this issue are drawn from the proceedings of the Helsinki Consultation on Jewish Continuity in the Body of Messiah that took place on June 14-15, 2010. These meetings in Heslinki were groundbreakers and participants included six Messianic Jews, three Catholic priests, one Lutheran, two Russian Orthodox intellectuals, one Russian Jewish scholar of Second Temple Judaism among others. The MJTI Jewish-Christian Relations Center was a co-sponsor of this event, and it will co-sponsor a similar upcoming event in Paris in Fall 2011.

You will find here also book reviews and an article by an Israeli, Hanoch Ben Keshet, with a unique perspective on baptism, Jews, gentiles, Judaism, and the Church.

Articles and Book Reviews...
Critique of Barth on Judaism
R.R. Introduction It has often been said that, over the centuries, more than the Jewish people have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jewish people. The idea behind this expression is that Jewish practice is a key factor in the preservation of the Jewish people. Perhaps this should not be all that surprising to us. After all, as we read about the definitive formation of the Jewish people in the book of Exodus, God’s declaration that the Israelites shall be a “kingdom...Read More >>

Ecumenical Factor
Fr. Antoine Levy, OPWhen it comes to ecumenism, the common view is that it is a movement involving the main traditional Christian denominations. Besides, it is generally perceived as a peripheral issue, even for these denominations. The primary task of a Church or a congregation is self-assessment and the search for inner coherence. Dealing with the reasons that separate it from the rest of Christian confessions or planning friendly cooperation with them only comes in second. The Messianic movement, with its constellation of congregations and...Read More >>

Church of Israel
Anna Shmain-Velikanova In order to speak about the Church of Israel, it is assumed that one has a precise understanding of what is Israel and what is the Church. This assumption is, of course, wrong. We are incapable of providing such definitions. For the sake of clarity, let us state that the name Israel refers to this ethnic-historical-cultural-religious collective body with which, according to the Holy Scriptures, God settled an eternal, unique covenant. Separating this collective body from the other nations, God appointed them...Read More >>

Christianized and Messianic Jews
Yuri TabakDear friends, it is a great honor for me to present here at this consultation. I have to say from the outset that I take a position which will likely be different from the majority of those present. Being Jewish by ethnic origin, I do not belong to any religion—neither Christianity, nor Judaism. At the same time for many years I have worked actively in the field of Jewish-Christian relations, writing numerous articles and presenting numerous papers. For almost fifteen years I...Read More >>

Flesh of Our Flesh, Tsvi Sadan
Yaakov ArielSadan, Tsvi Flesh of Our Flesh: Jesus of Nazareth in Zionist Thought (Hebrew) Jerusalem: Carmel, © 2008. 314 pages. Reviewed by Yaakov Ariel Jewish attitudes towards Jesus of Nazareth have been of particular importance for the shaping of Jewish-Christian relations as well as of Jewish religious and cultural identity. A fascinating new book by Tsvi Sadan tells the story of the transformation that has taken place in the late modern era in Jewish perceptions of Jesus. The influences of...Read More >>

The Challenges of the Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Messianic Jewish Movements
Daniel JusterHocken, Peter The Challenges of the Pentecostal, Charismatic and Messianic Jewish Movements Ashgate: Cornwell, England, © 2009 Reviewed by Daniel Juster Anyone not familiar with Monsignor Dr. Peter Hocken and his writings would do well to pursue them. They are insightful, show great depth, well thought out and well .written. Hocken is an English Roman Catholic Priest-Theologian who began his early ministry teaching theology in England. He was touched by the renewal movement in the Catholic Church and...Read More >>

Border Lines, Daniel Boyarin
Joshua BrumbachBoyarin, Daniel Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Chrstianity Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, © 2004. 392 pages.1 Reviewed by Joshua Brumbach Do the terms “Judaism” and “Christianity” represent two distinct religious .entities in late antiquity, and are they the direct result of a very early parting of ways over the issue of an exalted messianic figure? In Border Lines, Daniel Boyarin, Professor of Talmudic Culture at University of California, Berkeley, seeks to dispel...Read More >>

Ezekiel 36 and the Besorah
Hanoch Ben Keshet Less than a century after the second Temple’s destruction two respected sages, R. Jose and R. Meir,1 apparently viewed Ezekiel 36:25 as a national eschatological marker for Israel. Our Rabbis taught: Mamzerim and Nethinim will become pure in the future:2 this is R. Jose’s view. R. Meir said: They will not become pure. Said R. Jose to him: But was it not already stated, And I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean?...Read More >>
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