Growing number of Jewish millennials believe Jesus is the son of God

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Much like many other “religions” such as Catholicism, Islam, et al., Judaism, or being Jewish, is viewed in a threefold way: 1) theology, 2) genetics, 3) culture/family. Thus, one can be Jewish whilst only embracing any one or two of these—hence secular Jews, for example.


Much like many other “religions” such as Catholicism, Islam, et al., Judaism, or being Jewish, is viewed in a threefold way: 1) theology, 2) genetics, 3) culture/family. Thus, one can be Jewish whilst only embracing any one or two of these—hence secular Jews, for example.

A study, reported upon by the Jerusalem Post as “Study: One-fifth of Jewish millennials believe Jesus is the son of God,” was conducted by the Barna Group, was commissioned and funded by Jews for Jesus and was endorsed by Jewish studies professors.

It refers to “young adults” who “describe themselves as religious, and practice Jewish ritual, but are unaffiliated” of course, Christians attending non-denominational churches could accept the label of “unaffiliated” as a secondary appellation to being a “Christian.” The young adults “value tradition and family, but don’t plan on marrying only Jews. They are proud to be Jewish, but don’t feel that contradicts with practicing other religions.”

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The study result in that “Eighty percent of Jewish millennials self-identify as ‘religious Jews,’ as opposed to just a slim majority of all Jews” and they consider this to be “very important.”

“The survey found that 21 percent of Jewish millennials believe Jesus was ‘God in human form who lived among people in the 1st century.’ And 28 percent ‘see him as a rabbi or spiritual leader, but not God.’”

Also, “42 percent of respondents say they celebrate Christmas” which is not surprising if they come from “mixed” or “interfaith” marriages or are simply taking it upon themselves to not be restricted to Jewish holidays only.

A previous study by Pew showed that “34 percent said belief in Jesus as the Messiah was compatible with being Jewish” to which all of the earliest Christians said: amen!

An interesting note is that this new study included “Messianic Jews” which may be an attempt to puff of the numbers, as it were, but then again is not the point that if we are seeking to know how many Jewish millennials believe Jesus is the son of God then of course that would include Jewish millennials believe Jesus is the son of God?

This also relates to the very definition of who is Jewish. Generally, there are circa three answers: 1) born to a Jewish mother, 2) properly converted, 3) answer 1 was invented at some point during history and biblically such an identification begins with being both to a Jewish dad (if nothing else, just read the first chapter of the Book of Numbers) so that either of the parents being Jewish is enough to result in a Jewish child.

For more information on all such related issues, see my book Is Jesus the Messiah? A Judaism vs. Judaism Debate.

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