Description: With this book, Owen Power offers the first full-length intellectual history of the thinker Hugh Schonfield (1901-1988). Power contextualises Schonfield and his work in the spheres of Jewish ideology and Messianic Jewish politics as a means to explain the complicated nature of Messianic Jewish identity. There are many problems in making sense of the varied claims made about the Jewishness of Jewish Believers in Jesus--as there is a striking lack of agreement as to their Jewish status among halakhic authorities--and there is no real consensus among Messianic Jews themselves in answering the question, ""Who is a (Messianic) Jew?"" On the other hand, the attitude of many Jewish commentators regarding Messianic Jews is that they are traitors and apostates pretending to be Jews--Christian missionaries hell-bent on enticing Jews from their communities to the welcoming embrace of the Church. Normative Jewish opinion tends to treat Jewish Believers in Jesus as a monolithic group and thus fails to recognise the wide range of groups and individuals who claim to be Messianic Jews, even if there is among them little consensus as to what such a label means. Schonfield's case both reinforces such convictions and problematizes them. Endorsements: ""From his selective reading of Scripture, Schonfield fashioned an ideal for universal peace. He proclaimed a form of democratized messianism, modeling a solely human, Jewish Jesus for the formation of a worldwide servant nation. Schonfield's own strong individualism undermines all attempts at fitting him into any neat group category--indeed, as Power valuably shows, it challenges the very categories of identity themselves."" --George J. Brooke, Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, University of Manchester ""Hugh Schonfield was politically engaged with the institutional world of Hebrew Christianity and Messianic Judaism, and he was a well-known broadcaster and popularizer. Owen Power's study of these various aspects of Schonfield's life and thought sheds much light on this idiosyncratic and fiercely independent thinker, and makes some important suggestions for understanding the complexities of modern messianic identity."" --Daniel R. Langton, Professor of the History of Jewish-Christian Relations, University of Manchester About the Contributor(s): Owen Power (MA, MPhil) studied at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester.