An Ancient Phenomenon?


I read your article regarding Messianic Jews and I feel I must point out one error of fact. It is not a "recent invention". Messianic Jews have been around since Jesus' time. His followers were Messianic Jews (as were approximately one third of the Jews during the first century CE). The choice of beliefs is yours, but, please represent the facts correctly.

"(as were approximately one third of the Jews during the first century CE)." If, as you say, such a large number, approximately on third of the Jewish people during the first century CE where Christians, wouldn't you expect that to be mentioned in secular history, and the history of other peoples written at the time? Can you think of any first century Christian monumental architecture in Israel? There's plenty from the fourth century right?

"Messianic Jews have been around since Jesus' time." If Messianic Jews have been around since Jesus time, you will have no trouble pointing out to me a great Messianic thinker from the 18th century say. Can you? - no, because prior to the 1950s there were none.

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Also see the following site http://www.worldmag.com/world/issue/03-02-02/cover_14.asp. You will see a small sampling of pre 20th century believing Jews. Many blessings in your studies.

None of these individuals are Messianic. Third from the top is Johannes Pfefferkorn, the apostate from Cologne, Germany who's deeds included convincing a ruler to burn the Talmud and other Jewish books. The link whitewashes the activities he (and the others) are most noted for. He was openly Catholic, and certainly could not be described as a Messianic. He was openly hostile to any association with Judaism, in dress, in thought or in deed.

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