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What does it mean to be a Messianic Jew?

I saw a man on public television wearing a yamaka, but calling himself a pastor. He was teaching from the Bible, but also mentioned the Torah. I'm confused... is this Christianity or Judaism?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:22 PM on Oct. 29, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • A Jewish person who believes that Jesus is the Messiah.

    Answer by profmom922 at 4:29 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • I had heard of "Jews of Jesus" but not this term - I looked it up :)


    Answer by Serafyna at 4:34 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Messianic Jews believe Jesus was the Messiah. Jews and Christians may worship together as a congregation. The old Jewish traditions are kept sacred and celebrated, as well as the Christian holidays recognizing the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Traditional Jewish terms are used to describe things that are relevant to Christians as well. For instance, they use a different term when they refer to the crucifiction. Many Jews think this is rediculous because being Jewish is about waiting for the messiah and denying the Jesus was he. I am a Christian and find this so interesting because the Jewish history is what led up to the birth of Chrisitanity. We accept the Old Testament but it nothing close to how the Jews understand and live out the word of the Torah.

    Answer by manna1qd at 4:36 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • remember - Jewish is also a race (by law anyways), not just a religion

    and you are considered Jewish if your mother was jewish even if you don't follow the same religious beliefs.


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:04 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Messianic Jews are a Christian sect. They are not considered to be Jewish by Jewish people.

    Answer by Avarah at 5:58 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Well, then they should take Jew out of the title....Jewish people belive that Christ is coming for the first time and not the second...

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:51 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Anonymous, for the most part I'd have to say that Jewish people would completely agree with you, but that's the name they've chosen for themselves.

    And Jews believe the Messiah has not come yet and we do not believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah. A small clarification, but an important distinction. :)

    Answer by Avarah at 1:53 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

  • It is a conflict of interest. You cannot be Jewish and worship Christ. It is just another lie from the Jews. Judaism is not the origin of Christianity and to say such a thing is to blaspheme the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Judaism was the religion of the pharisees (that Christ was constantly reprimanding) it arose from ancient Babylon. Jews today rarely study the Torah, all of their doctrine comes from the Talmud which is a hateful, blasphemous doctrine. The Jews of today are not the descendants of the tribes of Israel. They are the descendants of the ancient Khazars which were a mongol tribe in Asia. And yes I can back this up.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:12 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

  • Wow Anon 7:12! Can you back this up with actual facts? Or just rhetoric from your local neo-nazi group? If you're really concerned about people studying hateful, blasphemous doctrine, maybe you should take a look in the mirror.


    Answer by craftyleah at 8:32 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

  • Sure here are just a few quotes from the Talmud:
    Erubin 21b (Soncino edition): "My son, be more careful in the observance of the words of the Scribes than in the words of the Torah (Old Testament)."
    Erubin 21b. Whosoever disobeys the rabbis deserves death and will be punished by being boiled in hot excrement in hell.
    Moed Kattan 17a . If a Jew is tempted to do evil he should go to a city where he is not known and do the evil there.
    Sanhedrin 58b. If a heathen (gentile) hits a Jew, the gentile must be killed.
    Sanhedrin 57a . A Jew need not pay a gentile ("Cuthean") the wages owed him for work.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:18 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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