Monday, 28 July 2014
A Question of Names: Part 1
I sometimes receive questions about Messianic Judaism from folks who have visited Ohev's web site. This one was written by a Taiwanese Christian woman who has become interested in Messianic Judaism:
I'm confused with the term 'Christian'. Before I learned anything about Israel and Jewish people, I simply thought that whoever accepts Jesus as their own Savior would be called 'Christian', including Jews. Then I became aware that 'Messianic Jews refer to Jews who receive Jesus as 'Messiah', a follower of Yeshua. At first I thought that's just how Jewish believers refer to themselves, until I found that in the Complete Jewish Bible, in Acts 11:26, it says:
It was in Antioch that the talmidim for the first time were called 'Messianic'.
I was surprised because in the NIV Bible it says 'Christian'. That's how we know where the term 'Christian' comes from. But now I find that the followers of Yeshua were actually first called 'Messianic' - not 'Christian'. What is the difference between the two of them?
In Dr. Juster's book, "Inclusion Versus Replacement", he says that Messianic Jews don't want to be called Christians. Why? And where actually does the term 'Christian' come from? It seems that it never appears in the Complete Jewish Bible.
Now isn't that an interesting question? Come back tomorrow and I'll share with you my answer ...