This paper seeks to explore the rejection of Messianic Judaism from normative Jewish faith. Using Mary Douglas' theory that "wholeness of category" equates "holiness," this paper provides an insight into the flawed relationship between Messianic Jewish sects and Jewish ritual laws. These primary source texts are supplemented by a selection of secondary sources from Jewish scholars who have provided further explanation demonstrating why Messianic Judaism continues to be excluded by Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and other Jewish sects alike. Through in-depth analysis, the goal is to demonstrate how the necessity for exclusion of Messianic Jews has persisted, especially in the face of a new inclusive and self-identification of religious identity.
Religions; Religions -- Philosophy; Religions -- History
Relics, Remnants, and Religion: an Undergraduate Journal in Religious Studies
The University of Puget Sound
"A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,"
Relics, Remnants, and Religion: An Undergraduate Journal in Religious Studies: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: https://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/relics/vol5/iss1/2