In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk openly about the sometimes messy and perhaps confusing realm of Messianic Judaism. What is it? Who’s part of it? And why should Gentile Christians care about it? Ezra asks Carly, a Gentile Believer, what Messianic Judaism is. From there, the conversation delves into:
Along the Way
Along the way, they discuss these key matters and more:
Words You Might Learn in This Episode
Ecclesia, Mashiach, diaspora, kippah, Shabbat
Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
Romans 10:13, Joel 2:32, John 3:16, Deuteronomy 18:15, Psalm 16:8–11, Acts 2:22–36, John 14:3, Isaiah 7:14, Jeremiah 31:15, Jeremiah 31:31, Zechariah 9:9, Zechariah 11:12–13, Zechariah 12:10, Daniel 7:13–14, Daniel 9:24–27, Galatians 3:28, Romans 3:21–23, Matthew 16:13–17, 1 Corinthians 15:1–8, Romans 11:11–26, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Corinthians 12:12–27, Revelation 21:9
Previous Episodes Mentioned
S1 E3 – Difference Between Messianic Judaism and Christianity
S1 E15 – Israel: Promised Land and Political State
And with that, Season Two comes to a close. Be sure and watch for updates on Season Three, coming this Fall! And, you can always relisten to any conversation on our website A Jew and A Gentile Discuss or wherever you listen to podcasts.
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