Paul’s Rule

A good friend and colleague, Dr. David Rudolph, had an article of his; entitled “Paul’s Rule in All the Churches,” recently published in the online journal Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations.

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations is the flagship publication of the Jewish-Christian relations community so the article will be read by many Jewish and Christian leaders and thinkers involved in dialogue and related research.

The article can be downloaded FREE here.

I think this is a helpful resource not only for our congregations, but for all who are serious about theology, because it lays out a biblical, theological and practical case for Messianic Judaism using Paul’s writings as a starting point. It is also an online resource that we can share with church leaders to help them understand the importance of working with the Messianic Jewish community.

Interestingly, the paper also has several pictures of UMJC synagogues and a hyperlink to the UMJC website. So check it out to see if you’re mentioned!

Also check out what fellow bloggers Yahnatan (at Gathering Sparks) and Rabbi Derek Leman (at Messianic Musings) have written about this article.

This is an important work by one of our movement’s brightest scholars. I highly encourage you to read this important article.

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Simchat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in West Haven, CT, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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1 Response to Paul’s Rule

  1. Anonymous says:

    I enjoyed reading it, thanks for posting the link. I agree with the distinction between Jew and Gentile and the fact that we can be unified in Messiah without losing our G-d ordained 'calling' as one or the other. But what about conversion?How does Rudolph address conversion (a spouse of a Jew or a person of Jewish heritage coming back to Judaism, etc.)? Does his conclusion leave room for the thousands who have Jewish fathers but Gentile mothers to be welcomed back into Judaism?

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