I know that most Messianic Jews speak Hebrew, but besides that is there any difference between a Christian and a Messianic Jew? Do they have any significant differences in faith or hope!

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    I don't know if most Messianic Jews do speak Hebrew, it would depend on whether they have lived in Israel or not! (Not that they couldn't learn it elsewhere, but that's the main place it's spoken.)
    – curiousdannii
    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:14
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    Possible duplicate of What is Messianic Judaism?
    – curiousdannii
    Sep 10, 2017 at 11:43

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The term Messianic Jew refers to Christians who identify as Jewish, as compared to those who identify as Russian, English, Thai etc. Most of them are of Jewish descent, though there are some who are not but have chosen to identify themselves as Jewish.

Most Messianic Jews believe there is a very strong continuity between the Hebrew scriptures and Christianity. Many uphold the Mosaic Law and, for example, celebrate its festivals. They believe that Jesus is the fulfilment of many of the prophesies of the Hebrew scriptures, just as Christians do. In general their beliefs are likely to be largely the same as other Christians, though there's also just as much diversity among them as there is the rest of us.

There are also Christians who are of Jewish descent but who do call themselves Messianic Jews. Jewish identity is more complex than other ethnicities as it may involve an identification with the Jewish people, their history, their culture and the religion of Judaism, or it may involve an identification with only some of those things. These people may acknowledge their Jewish descent but not strongly identify with the Jewish culture or religion, perhaps because contemporary Judaism has significant differences from how it was practiced in Biblical times.

  • Messianic Jews are not all Jews. There might be individuals who were born Jewish. The state of Israel, based on decisions of the chief rabbis, do not recognize them as Jewish as a group. They are ethnically mostly Americans. Aug 12, 2014 at 7:08
  • @gideonmarx Is there an article that expounds on the Messianic Jew's belief (hopefully part evangelical) that you recommend? Danii, is there a source for you post?
    – Zoe
    Aug 12, 2014 at 7:19
  • @gideonmarx Messianic Jews are not all Jews. There might be individuals who were born Jewish. I don't understand what you mean.
    – curiousdannii
    Aug 12, 2014 at 7:26
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    @zoe I'm friends with a messianic rabbi who has many non-Jews in his congregation. The main difference as I've observed from speaking with him is that Messianic Jews acknowledge that faith in Messiah is the source of forgiveness, justification, and sanctification, while most groups of Judaism hold Torah obedience as the source of forgiveness, justification, and sanctification.
    – Andrew
    Aug 13, 2014 at 3:14
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    "as compared to those who identify as Russian, English, Thai etc." I think it's more as compared to those who identify as Christian. A messianic Jew is a Jew who happens to be a Christian, while a Christian is a Christian who happens to be Russian, English, Thai, or even Jewish. Aug 14, 2014 at 4:21

I was born and raised an orthodox Israeli Jew, and was an orthodox Rabbi for many years before becoming Messianic in 2008. The main body of beliefs are the same for Christians and Messianic Jews. However, the way we interpret scripture, and practice our faith can be very different indeed. Shabbot shalom to you all.


Messianic Jews are Jewish and acknowledge that Yeshua is their Messiah. There are Christians that keep the Jewish traditions and may aspire toward worshiping G-d in that way but they are not recognized as being Jewish in an authentic Messianic congregation. One cannot attend an ethnic Church and now say they are of that ethnicity just because they feel at home in their worship. One is not Jewish because they attend a Messianic Congregation.
Shalom, E


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