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As the Messianic Jewish congregational movement itself is still quite young, dating back only to the late 1960s, there has not been extensive scholarship in the field.The studies with which I will be primarily concerned are those of Carol Harris-Shapiro, a Reconstructionist rabbi, and Shoshanah Feher, a Jewish sociologist, each of whom published ethnographic works on the Messianic Judaism in the late 1990s.Yaron knew that he had discovered something special and couldn’t wait to tell his family and friends.“I have found the Messiah,” he exclaimed to mom and dad. ” Unprepared for their extreme and irritated response, Yaron retreated to his room in despair as his parents discussed where they had gone wrong raising their first-born son.An online evangelism effort by local Israeli Messianic Jews has become something of an Internet sensation over the past month after the video testimony of an Jewish man who came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) went viral.
Adherents of the military messianology expected that the son of David would throw out the Romans and restore Israel politically; others believed that he would give the true interpretation of the law and inaugurate Israel's ethical revival; still others hoped for cultic reforms and a cleaning of the temple by the true high-priest; and there must have been people who combined these expectations.
Like Yaron, many Messianic Jews found themselves separated from families, friends and synagogue. “Sometimes we reacted just like a bunch of teenagers,” suggested one congregational leader.
“Our parents didn’t understand us, so we cut our losses and went our own way.” A generation later some Messianics now wonder what went wrong.
The Jewish community must provide a definition of who is to be considered Jewish and negotiate the term to include and exclude the pertinent groups, which often involves excluding Messianic Jews.
In turn, evangelical Christians are pressed to examine how far their own boundaries should stretch to include increasingly diverse religious expressions.