I speak of Marty Goetz, piano player and song writer, Christ follower and Jew who coined that phrase “Jew born anew,” although it actually has biblical roots. Born again, born anew. “A Jew anew” however, is a fun way of putting it.
The phenomenon of Messianic Jews is somewhat new in our modern culture, although the Apostle Paul was certainly “born anew” on the road to Damascus. There have been many others over the centuries, but it really wasn’t until the 1960’s that we began to see such a movement of Jews embracing Jesus Christ as the Messiah. It wasn’t until 2003 that we saw such huge growth all over the world. In the US alone, prior to 2003 there were perhaps 150 Messianic churches in the US. Today there are close to 500, another 100 in Israel, and many more worldwide.
Becoming familiar with Jewish culture and traditions can be really helpful in understanding the bible, in a way that makes it possible for you to actually taste and feel it. I say “taste” because I am all about the feasting and socializing, but I mean taste in the spiritual sense, the actual significance of herbs, the bitter and sweet, not unlike life itself. Being an American, one thing that always strikes me is how ancient these traditions, culture, and rituals are. There is an ancestry, a legacy that has been passed down generation after generation, a culture preserved for thousands of years. In America we tend to more like, “wow that building has stood for two hundred years, it’s ancient.” Our connection and relationship to the past can be lacking perspective sometimes.
I’ll leave you with Marty Goetz, “O Lord, Our Lord”