Messianic Jews

Prof. Harvey Cox
Hollis Research Professor of Divinity
Harvard University

Cox surveys the changing environments that brought about and influenced the growth the movement of Messianic Judaism. Cox describes self-perceptions of group members who believe that they are both part of Judaism and of Christianity without the need to convert to or from either of the religions. He goes on to describe the global changes, as well as changes within the Jewish and Christian worlds, that contributed to the emergence of Messianic Judaism. Cox concludes with observations on what believers perceive as the ‘classical period’ of their respective religions and the problems that this perception produces.