The infant church in Jerusalem faced a quandary: what to do with Gentiles who desired to be part of the new body of Messianic believers. Today, the concern is reversed. How should the church view Jewish believers who want to express their nationality and heritage? Are Messianic congregations necessary, or should Jewish believers be incorporated into the Gentile church? How Jewish should a Messianic congregation be? In How Jewish is Christianity? one non-Jewish contributor and four Jewish leaders in Yeshua (Jesus) consider two different viewpoints on how Jewish disciples of Jesus can articulate and live out their faith. William Varner argues that we do not need the Messianic congregation because all the needs of Jewish believers can be met in the church. This book furnishes each perspective with a forum for presentation, critique, and defense, allowing you to draw your own conclusions. It also offers a perspective chapter on the future for Messianic Jews and a directory of Messianic movement organizations.
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