This thesis endeavored to introduce Messianic Judaism to the academic community and explore the notion of whether a supersessionist free form of Christianity is capable of existing. This question was posed by Wilhelmus Valkenberg and did not seem to have an answer; therefore, this paper set out in an attempt to answer that question. To assess the question concerning a supersessionist free form of Christianity, termed the Valkenberg Question, a set of assumptions were made to account for Messianic Judaism as a participant in the Christ-following community. Kinzer’s paradigm is a bi-lateral ecclesiology by which both Jews and Gentiles are separate but participating in a commonwealth. Kinzer’s commonwealth is compared to the older Lustiger model upon which Kinzer’s is based. Under scrutiny operating off the premise of the previous term paper, it was determined that a new paradigm/modification was needed. The new paradigm encourages emphasis to be placed on Paul’s statement in Ephesians 2:19 concerning citizenship. This paradigm allows for both Jewish and Gentiles parts of the ecclesia to communicate without danger of supersessionism occurring from Christian to Messianic Judaism. However, it does not account for supersessionism occurring at the inter-religious level between Judaism, Messianic Judaism, and Christianity. Messianic Judaism may also be prompted to supersede Christianity, which could result in unknown outcomes. It is suggested that further extensions continue to evaluate the validity of these claims on the basis of academic falsifiability.
|Advisor:||Mathews, Claire, Bauerschmidt, Frederick|
|Commitee:||Reibe, Nicole, Fowl, Stephen|
|School:||Loyola University Maryland|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Theology, Religion, Comparative religion, Judaic studies|
|Keywords:||Ecclesia, Messianic Judaism, Supersessionism|
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