Messianic Judaism Information

Messianic Judaism is a religious movement that differs from mainstream Christianity and from Judaism by combining elements of each into a single faith.

Like other Christian groups, its adherents believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the resurrected Messiah and often the Divine Savior. Messianic Judaism adds to this some observance of Jewish Law, which is not generally practiced in Christian churches. These observances include observing the Sabbath from Friday sundown until Saturday sundown, abstaining from pork, shellfish, and other foods forbidden by Jewish law, and the observance of some Jewish holidays. As of 2003, there were at least 150 Messianic congregations in the U.S. and over 400 worldwide. By 2008, the number of Messianics in the United States was around a quarter million. The number of Messianic Jews in Israel is reported to be anywhere between 6,000 and 15,000 members, including the mainly Messianic Jewish village of Yad HaShmona, near Jerusalem. There are 200 Messianic groups in Israel. Some Messianic Jews are ethnically Jewish, and argue that Messianic Judaism is a sect of Judaism.Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism are, however, unanimous in their rejection of Messianism as a form of Judaism. Both Christians and Jews consider Messianic Judaism to be a form of Christianity, seeing Messianic belief in the divinity of Jesus as the defining distinction between Christianity and Judaism. The Supreme Court of Israel has ruled that the Law of Return should treat ethnically Jewish individuals who convert to Messianic Judaism in the same way as it treats Jews who convert to Christianity.

Adherents to Messianic Judaism are described as Messianic Jews, Messianic Believers, or Messianics for short.

Wikipedia, Messianic Judaism, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messianic_Judaism (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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