Journal of American History
As bizarre as all this may seem to the uninitiated, Yaakov Ariel makes clear in Evangelizing the Chosen People that the aforementioned event is simply part of the latest chapter in an ongoing story within American religious history. Going where no scholar has gone before, Ariel recounts the history of Protestant missions to the Jews in the United States. Making good use of missions’ organization records and the writings of Jewish converts to Christianity, Ariel divides his narrative into three parts: evangelizing Jewish immigrants (1880–1920); evangelizing the children of Jewish immigrants (1920–1965); and evangelizing Jewish Baby Boomers (1965–2000). The last section is particularly compelling, as Ariel describes the emergence of Jews for Jesus—an aggressively evangelistic organization with roots in the 1960s counterculture—and Messianic Judaism, with its emphasis on “amalgamating the Christian faith with Jewish heritage.”
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Trollinger, William Vance, "Review: 'Evangelizing the Chosen People: Missions to the Jews in America, 1880–2000'" (2001). History Faculty Publications. 35.