Messianic Judaism is a modern syncretic Christian "Spinoff" that mixes some elements of Judaism & Jewish Tradition.
Messianic Judaism appeared in the 1960s and 1970s from the Hebrew-Christian Movement and the Baptist organization known as "Jews for Jesus," formed by Conservative Baptist Minister Martin Rosen in 1973.
Messianic Jews believe thatYESHUA HAMASHIACH [Jesus the Messiah] and that the TANAKH (Hebrew Bible) & New Testament are the are the authoritative Scriptures & Words of HASHEM.
Salvation in Messianic Judaism is achieved only through acceptance of YESHUA as one's savior, and JEWISH LAW does not contribute to salvation.
Belief in Jesus as HAMASHIACH and divine is considered by to be the defining distinction between; HOWEVER, accepting YESHUA does not cause a Jew to lose his/her Salvation anymore than a Gentile worshiping in a Jewish Congregation make that Gentile Jewish.
Adherents of Messianic Judaism believe that the faith of a Messianc is a sect of Judaism; while In Hebrew they tend to refer to themselves asmaaminim ("believers"), not converts, and yehudim ("Jews"), and Certainly not notzrim ("Christians")!
From 2003 to 2007, the faith grew from 150 Messianic houses of worship in the USA to as many as 438, with over 100 in ISRAEL and more worldwide; congregations are often affiliated with larger Messianic organizations or alliances.
As of 2012, CONGREGATIONAL estimates for the United States were between 175,000 and 250,000 members, between 10,000 and 20,000 members for Israel, and an estimated total worldwide membership of 350,000.
At BethYeshua, a Jew that begins to believe in YESHUA HAMASHIACH DOES NOT LOSE HIS/HER JEWISHNESS ANY MORE THAN A GENTILE-LIKE MYSELF-WHO BEGINS TO WORSHIP in a "Jewish Manner" becomes Jewish
It amazes me that certain of our members who learn that they are 1% or 2% Jewish from their ancestry, start becoming "Super Jewish" & some of them take the appearance/dress of a self-appointed Rabbi, when it is YESHUA that we should emulate.
My Conversion: What Caused a Gentile Believer to Join a Messianic Congregation?
In about the year 2000 <~> 2001 I received [unsolicited] a book about the history of the Sabbath & how Sunday became the "New Sabbath" that was ordained by the Catholic.
That started me on my "Sabbath Journey" with my first stop being at the 7th Day Baptist [https://houstonsdb.org ] of Houston; and it was a long one for I stayed there for 12 years.
After Mother died and I returned from my 9 month attempt to live with my son, I returned to SDBOH for another 2 1/2 years until I made my decision to transfer to BETH YESHUA HAMASHIACH on Bellaire Blvd. in Houston, as I wanted to explore the "Jewishness of Our Faith."
I attended for a 6 month trial in 2015 and then in January, 2016 transferred my membership from SDBOH to Beth Yeshua, and now I intend to be buried from Beth Yeshua.
I, as a Gentile, [having been brought up in a "Heavily Influenced Mennonite Home] because I wanted to know more about YHWH's chosen people, the Jewishness of the Mashiach, and YHWH's Appointed Times with HIS people; a decision which I have NOT Regretted!!!
At Byhm: We Call to worship with the Shofar Sounding the people, We observe all the major and minor holidays [ YHWH's Appointed Times with HIS people], A Jewish Person who accepts YESHUA does Not lose his Jewishness, nor does a Gentile become Jewish by attending & becoming a member of the community.
If you live in Houston we are located at 7000 Bellaire Blvd, meet in the Sharpstown Baptist Church and the Shofar blows at 10:20 AM on every Sabbath Morning
You can learn more about our Congregation by visiting our website @ https://byhm.net
Our Congregation consists of about 30% Black, 30% Caucausian, 30 % Spanish, and ~10% Transisent
LASTLY: All my FNRs [Friends, Neighbors, & Relatives] kept asking: WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?AT FIRST, I didn't have an answer, other than it feels right; NowToday, I have a more concrete answetr: BECAUSE IT IS THE 4TH COMMANDMENT & BECAUSE IT IS A SIGN [Mark] between YHVH & HIS PEOPLE!!!
The Messianic Bible I Chose To Study From...
The Messianic Shabbat Siddur that we use at BETH YESHUA is a major step forward from the Previous Siddurim; besides having the same amount of text (Hebrew, English & Transliteration) on two facing pages and being hardbound, there are introductory and explanatory notes on the prayers. "How To" notes on conducting the service are also provided. The uppermost goal [in our minds] was the injtegrity of the Original Text; keeping in mind that transliteration is an Inexact Science. The prayer of the editor Jeremiah Greenberg is that this Messianic Shabbat Siddur will enhance the quality of Messianic Shabbat services and worhip, and bless the Congregants using it...B' shame Yeshua, Jeremiah Greenberg
The Complete Jewish Bible [edited by Rabbi Barry Rubin] is my preferred study source
At first the Siddur felt strange to me; [I'v never used a prayer book before-then I remembered our Responsive Readings-at rear of our hymnals-when I used to attend the Methodist Kirche] but then it became my PrayerPal , along with my TALID , and my other 2 books, 50 Hebrew Words every Christian Should Know & YHWH's Appointed Times/A Practical Guide for Unerstanding and Celebrating the Biblical Holidays. You Do Not Believe [ in my opinion, This is the "Unforgiveable Sin,"] for lack of historical information, You do not believe because of your laziness & your love for sinning & as the Mennonites Used to say: "Because of your Love for Worldliness!!!"
BARUCH haba B'SHEM ADONAI...BLESSED IS HE...
If this singing of Shemah Yisrael doesn't cause you to have an "Instant Messianic Worship Moment," Check your soul to see if there is a 'hole in it!!!'
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My First Exposure to Exegesis of Hebrew & Greek
I was working for an oil & gas company back in about 1995 <~> 1996 & used to walk past a door that read: RBT jr Bible Tape Ministries...
Finally going in, I asked "what do you folks do in here?"
That's when I was introduced to the Robert B. Thieme, Jr. Bible Ministries & his unique method of teaching the scriptures from the 'exegesis' of the Hebrew/Greek with para military diagrams...
So, I started attending "Berachah" Church, and The 2nd month I was hooked...
The 3rd Month I bought Spiros Zodhiates' NASB edition of the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible...
This was when I began walking back towards the scriptures...
BTW, "Berachah" is a Hebrew word for Blessing coming out of I Chronicles 17..."And then the children of Israel walkedf into the Valley of Berachah which became a Blessing for Evermore!
He was a very good teacher & instrumental in my Spiritual Growth & why @ age 77 my faith in ADONAI ELOHEINUS, BEN YESHUA HAMASHIACH AND BARUCH HAKODESH IS STLL INTACT!
His Name was Robert B. Theme, Jr. [ Col., USAAC, Retd.] & His Teaching Methods Made Me Fall in Love [Again & This Time, More Deeply & Profoundly] with the Holy Scriptures!
example of some of the teaching diagrams of R.B. Thieme, Jr.,
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Sounds of the Shofar
KADESH-Magnified & Sanctified be HIS Great Name...