Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

2014

School

Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS); School of Music; School of Religion

Major

Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Jewish, Messianic, Liturgy, Worship, Messianic Jewish, Ethnic Worship, Qualitative Research

Disciplines

History of Christianity | Jewish Studies | Liturgy and Worship | New Religious Movements

Abstract

This thesis explores the current liturgical practices of mainstream Messianic Judaism in the United States using literary and ethnographic research. It examines the historical, biblical, and theological basis for the worship practices used. The origins of their worship practices are evaluated to ascertain whether they reflect charismatic Christian, Jewish denominational or biblical practice. A combination of literary research and qualitative research are used to define the movement; give a brief but comprehensive history of it; and, finally, explain and examine its worship practices. Leaders of the Messianic movement were interviewed for the qualitative research. The findings revealed that a distinction must be made between the early and current practice, which now primarily reflects an intentional combination of traditional Judaism, charismatic Christianity, and biblical roots.

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