Israel's Messiah and the People of God
A Vision for Messianic Jewish Covenant Fidelity
Published: January 7, 2011
Israel's Messiah and the People of God presents a rich and diverse selection of essays by theologian Mark Kinzer, whose work constitutes a pioneering step in Messianic Jewish theology. Including several pieces never before published, this collection illuminates Kinzer's thought on topics such as Oral Torah, Jewish prayer, eschatology, soteriology, and Messianic Jewish-Catholic dialogue. This volume offers the reader numerous portals into the vision of Messianic Judaism offered in Kinzer's Postmissionary Messianic Judaism (2005). An introductory essay by editor Jennifer M. Rosner sets Kinzer's thought and writings in context.
Mark Kinzer is a 'break-through' thinker who has taken Messianic Judaism to a new level of theological sophistication. No one who cares deeply about the relationship between Judaism and Christianity can afford to ignore these essays.
Richard J. Mouw, Former President of Fuller Theological Seminary
This book is a welcome successor to Mark Kinzer's 2005 groundbreaking work, Postmissionary Messianic Judaism . . . It is the kind of theological inquiry that both the Jewish Roots movement and the Messianic Jewish movement are so greatly in need of. Jennifer Rosner's collaboration in this project is a promising sign that a new generation of Messianic Jewish scholars may be ready to accept the challenge.
Isaac Rottenberg, First Chairperson of the National Council of Churches Office on Christian-Jewish Relations
This is a significant book. Although it is a collection of articles and addresses, it has a far greater coherence than such collections normally possess. This coherence flows directly from the coherence of Mark Kinzer's life-project--to develop a form of Messianic Judaism that is authentically Jewish, and at the same time truly Messianic in the sense of fully recognizing the centrality of Jesus in God's purpose for Israel and for the world.
Monsignor Peter Hocken, Member of International Doctrinal Commission for Catholic Charismatic Renewal
Whether one welcomes the Messianic Jewish movement wholeheartedly, with reservations, or not at all, the increasing importance of its voice in contemporary theological discussion is certain. This collection of essays by Mark Kinzer demonstrates again why the issues raised by Messianic Judaism are so fundamental in nature, and why Kinzer himself is widely regarded as the movement's foremost theologian.
R. Kendall Soulen, Professor of Systematic Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary
In this book, Kinzer offers an interpretation of Salvation History that brings together the people of Israel, the person of Yeshua and the Yeshua-believing community, and opens a different perspective for understanding God’s redemptive work within the world.
Benjamin Burry, Reviews in Religion & Theology
This work is to be commended [...] for its enterprise of developing themes specifically significant to the Messianic Jewish movement and its relationship to Judaism and Christianity.
Josh Scott, Theological Book Review
Based on the premise that the path of Messianic Judaism is never going to be easy, Mark Kinzer sets out to show that while many scholars think that Judaism and Christianity hold mutually exclusive theological claims, divided in the person of Yeshua, in actuality they each hold a component of redemption that is only revealed when the two are in fact united. . . . This is a fascinating set of essays which captures interest and inspires study. Kinzer is not afraid to consider controversial topics, which he covers respectfully and with diligence. . . . The story for Messianic Jews (indeed for the whole Jewish Community) is most certainly not one of rejection, but rather one of continuity and fulfillment; indebted to its Jewish roots for its very existence as the covenantal people of God.
Benjamin Bury, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Mark S. Kinzer. . . is one of the leading voices in the post liberal dialogue between Christianity and Judaism in the last decades. This book offers a broad introduction to Kinzer's thinking and presents a compilation of articles and lectures previously stated. . . . Messianic Jews should not un-Jew themselves. On the contrary, Messianic Judaism should be defined throughout as Judaism, practiced in the light of Jesus the Messiah. This is the main line of thought in Kinzer's present book. . . . It is all about covenant fidelity of Jews and Messianic Jews together, which makes the Church of Jews and gentiles into a body with two orientations. . . . I warmly recommend Israel's Messiah and the People of God and hope that it will critically stimulate discussion and dialogue between the many fractions of the people of God.
Henk Bakker, European Journal of Theology