Women as Leaders: Contemporary Perspectives on the Roles of Women in Messianic Judaism

Pauline Kollontai


This article explores the role of women in contemporary Messianic Judaism. The prevailing view is that a woman cannot be a leader because her primary role, as ordained by God, is to be a good wife and mother. The article examines the present situation, drawn on existing studies and reports from the USA and supplemented by materials from a number of interviews with Messianic Jews in Britain. The discussion situates the debates within the Messianic movement against the background of Jewish and Christian teachings and identifies how these teachings are being interpreted, expressed and practiced in today’s Messianic Jewish community.

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