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Accounting for Judaism in the Study of American Messianic Judaism

Abstract Since its modern renaissance in the mid-1970s, the Messianic Jewish movement in America has grown from a handful of house churches to a network of hundreds of synagogues and congregations. Mainline American Judaism has unanimously rejected the argument that Jews who believe in Jesus continue to be members of the Jewish community or that their religion is a form of contemporary Judaism. Scholars have accounted for Messianic Judaism as a new religious movement but no consensus has formed on whether to classify Messianic Jewish religion as a sectarian form of Protestant Christianity or American Judaism.

This dissertation uses a polythetic approach to defining Judaism and a comparative approach to studying religions in order to make sense of ... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Power, Patricia (Author) / Gereboff, Joel D (Advisor) / Clay, Eugene (Committee member) / Fessenden, Tracy (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / Messianic Judaism
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 350 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Religious Studies 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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