Evangelicalism in the Interspaces: The Construction of Judeo-Christian Identity in a Messianic Community in Jerusalem

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This paper is based on ethnographic field work in an evangelical/Messianic community in contemporary Jerusalem. In the paper I interpret the pro-Israeli strand of Evangelicalism’s fascination with Judaica and Jewish ritual in relation to the movement’s location in a temporal-spatial interspace. I argue that the Christian Zionist impulse to experiment with Jewish tradition needs to be understood as an attempt to navigate the religious interspaces which are formed by its strong identification with the Jewish people and the State of Israel, its integration of the national movement of Zionism into a specific Protestant eschatology and its concrete presence in the context of Israeli society.

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  • Religious Studies

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  • Messianic Judaism, Christian Zionism, Evangelicalism, Interspace, Syncretism, Yeshua Believers, Jerusalem, Ethnography
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263
Number of pages281
JournalSwedish Missiological Themes
Volume100
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventReligion in the Interspace - Centre for Teology and Religious Studies, Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2012 Mar 152012 Mar 16

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