Saturday, June 16, 2007

Israel news

Matt reminded me, in his comment on an earlier post, of
this very positive and encouraging Israeli TV report on Israeli Messianic Jews. It's in Hebrew with English subtitles, about 8 minutes long, and well worth watching. Some of the terminology is deliberately Hebraicized ("Yeshua", "Messianic" rather than "Christian" which has a whole range of unhelpful connotations in a Hebrew context, etc*) but the believers are thoroughly kosher (so to speak) in their doctrine and belief.

Perhaps the most striking feature is the portrayal of the ultra-Orthodox "antimissionaries" who have been persecuting the Messianic congregation in Arad (South of Israel) for the last four years - the dark and spooky music comes on when they are featured, rather than the MJs. Is this a sign of Israeli society becoming more open to the gospel and more sympathetic to those who bear Yeshua's name?

*The term "Yeshu" is used by the narrator on a couple of occasions - this is a derogatory Hebrew acrostic for Jesus, meaning "May his name and memory be blotted out". His proper Hebrew name is "Yeshua" which means "salvation".

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