Talk:Messianism

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Humanitism is the form of messianism held by the Sabis and their Notzarim. The clergy (Sabiyah) identifies and promotes a forever imminent just ideal in the midsts of the (Notzrim) congregation. The congregation are to attach themselves to the identified just mission and become its body and limbs through social solidarity to make the ideal manifest and thus bring about progress where the best efficiency takes pride of position. Efficient progress is not illegal as long as it is not against the Humanitist directives and there is always a way for the clergy to observe Torah protocols. The clergy reserves the right to single-out members of the congregation worthy of respect in light of significant contribution.


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Totally incoherantZestauferov 13:59, 17 Jul 2004 (UTC)

new forms added[edit]

I added new forms to the list, which now includes: Christianity, Judaism, Zionism, Islam, and Adventism.--Cberlet 17:37, 26 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Merging with Messiah[edit]

This is being proposed. Please post all comments and discussion regarding the proposed merger at: Talk:Messiah#Merging_with_Messianism as per Wiki guidelines. --Cberlet 14:23, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Accuracy Dispute[edit]

  • This article cites no sources and gives grossly inadequate references for the reader to check further.
  • Consider the intro: "Messianism is any Judaic based field of philosophy which concerns itself with the interpretations of messianic fulfilment."
    • What the heck does that mean?
    • What is "messianic fulfillment"?
    • How is Islamic messianisim Judaic-based?
  • Is this close to "Messianic" in the sense of "Messianic Judaism"? Some contributors to the Messianic Judaism article seem to think so. (particularly in prior versions of the article).
  • The term "Jewish messianic groups" needs to be clarified. The beliefs of "Messianic Judaism" regarding the purpose and coming of "Messiah Jesus" are virtually identical to evangelical Protestantism. (I am Messianic and I attend both a Messianic synagogue and a Protestant church and have taken seminary-level courses at both.)
  • "Adventism" is confusing. Does this have to do with "advent" in the sense of "to come" or Seventh-Day Adventists?
  • Is this widely-accepted terminology and are these widely-accepted definitions? I have read a lot of Christian, Jewish and Messianic books and completed about 15 courses in Christian and Messianic subjects and I have not run across most of these concepts and this terminology.
  • Regarding the statement that Islam claims Jesus is the true Messiah, I have heard the exact opposite (admittedly, from evangelicals, not Moslems). Regarding Jesus, the Quran says, "They killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear. Nay, God raised him up unto Himself."
I have been told the Moslem interpretation of that is that Allah raptured (Christian term) Jesus and transfigured Judas to look like Jesus and Judas was the one who got crucified. Once in the presence of Allah, Allah told Jesus (my paraphrase), "You told people you are my son. I don't have a son. Why did you do that?" In the presence of Allah, Jesus repented for lying and Allah, being merciful, forgave him. In the last days, Jesus will come with the Mahdi and tell people, I am not the Messiah, he is."
If what I have been told is fairly accurate, then the article incorrectly states that Islam believes Jesus is the true Messiah.

Unlike other divine religions, Islam does not include a Messiah that will come shortly before the end of human societies.

  • After reading the article it still is not fairly clear exactly what "messianism" is!
  • Despite its length, at this point the article is really just a stub, because each section does not adequately address its topic.

I am not raising these points to "whine and complain" but to point out that the article has serious problems that need to be addressed.

RickReinckens 03:42, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
Right on. This is seriously substandard. I mean, to begin with, messianism is a broad concept-- it doesn't just apply to Judaism and the Abrahamic religions. Any system of beliefs that includes the idea of a messiah, a divine being come to fulfill religious prophecy, is messianic. I think this needs a total rewrite. Freddie deBoer 00:42, 17 February 2006 (UTC)
  • I deleted the references to people to build a Third Temple. All of traditional judaism anticipates the coming of the Messiah, but people attempting to build a Third Temple reppresent a very small minority, appropriate for mention in a large article but not a one-sentence summary. Or is the article's intention to focus on folks who believe in the immediate coming of the Messiah, Messianic fervor so to speak? This is a much smaller group, although a quite notable one. --Shirahadasha 02:06, 27 August 2006 (UTC)
  • This factual dispute is weak. One persons lack of understanding what particular words mean does not constitute a reason for questioning the factual accuracy of the article. The first two questions are particularly absurd.

It is correct to say that messianism is a broad topic. Defined by the American Heritage dictionary messanism is 1] belief in a messiah 2] belief that a particular cause or movement is destined to triumph or save the world 3] zealous devotion to a leader, cuase or movement. Using this definition one could correctly call most any belief messianism. Thankfully the author here did not.

Given that Judiasm is arguably the oldest belief in a messiah it is factually correct and useful to define messianism as is and then to give summary examples with links to more detailed information. It is completely unreasonable to assert that all past and present beliefs in a messiah be described in order for this article to be factually accurate.

Further regarding the nature of briefly describing any broad topic like Islam there is bound to be dispute over the correct summary description. This dispute is unavoidable and does not necessarily indicate factual inaccuracy. --Lostinletters 21:38, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

I don't quite understand why some people try to present Messianism as a Judaism-based concept, except perhaps as a part of the effort of some groups such as Messianic Judaism to present Jesus as the "one and only" true Messiah and Judaism as some sort of precursor to his coming. When one leaves attachment to that agenda behind, it is easy to see that Messianic attitudes and expectations are very much a common motif for many religions and not only those with some (often very removed) connection to Judaism. See for instance Church of World Messianity. Legends about the coming of annointed ones are fairly commonplace. Luis Dantas 10:02, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
The word "messiah"" is a transliteration of a Hebrew word appearing in the Hebrew Bible, so the use of the word can imply some attachment to its origins. In the absence of an acknowledged historical or express ideological relationship, claims that beliefs of one religion are "really" the same as beliefs of another religion requires having an agenda of its own, which can reflect its own attachments. Perhaps a more generic term than "Messianism" should be used for such an undertaking. After all, the term has baggage. And with its baggage, it may be unnecessarily or inappropriately Judeaomorphic. Perhaps a more generic term should be used for the general theme of a returning culture hero. Best, --Shirahadasha 19:53, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

Judeo/Christian section[edit]

Removed the following content to talk given absence of any source that this content has any prominence in "Judeo-Christian" thought. See WP:NPOV#undue weight. --Shirahadasha 23:38, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Judeo/Christian[edit]

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See "The Messianic Movement: A Field Guide for Evangelical Christians from Jews for Jesus." See also Wikipedia, "Messianic Judaism" and "Jewish Christian" present day, for complete reference lists history, and many leaders (disputed and not.) This movement begun from within Christainity is mainly one of embracing Hebrews and Hebrew heritage. In all it's many forms. It encompasses Messianic Judaism but much more. Many identifying themselves as Messianic's are children, and/or grandchildren of Jewish persons, accepting the belief that Jesus was, and is still, the Messiah as Christianity has taught all along. But they are the ones who refuse to accept that they are no longer Jews just because of having accepted Jesus as the promised Messiah of Israel. Many deny the Rabbinate created after the destruction of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem had any authority to change basic Hebrew lineage from being dependent upon one having a Hebrew father to one having a Jewish mother instead. Also, they may challenge the authority of the additional holy books created by Rabbi's after that time. Messianism encompasses all who call themselves followers of the man the Scriptures of Christianity call Jesus. But usually, only those wishing to embrace a Hebrew instead of Gentile focus use it as an identifier for themselves. They usually call him Y'shua, Yeshua, or a variant spelling of that. It is the Hebrew form of what the name Jesus would have been back then. He is still known as Yeshua in Judaism today. Many Messianic's of this types simply consider themselves to be both Jewish and followers of Yeshua (Jesus, in Greek.) They believe he is fully the promised Messiah of Israel. The degrees they retain, or incorporate, commonly known various customs of present day Judaism varies greatly. Some knowing no Hebrew customs at all, observe none. And yet are still part of this kind of Messianism. Hebrew/Christian's as well as those shunning the term Christian and keeping only the Hebrew form "Messianic" are all part of this Messianism. Just as Christ is the greek form of Messiah, Messianic is the Hebrew form of Christian. They both are followers of the same man called Jesus in the many translations now called the New Testament.

Origin of Concept of Messianism[edit]

Yesterday, 2602:306:8b4e:1050:8143:9ffa:a023:2204 changed the intro to assert that the "concept of messianism originated in Zoroastrianism." Despite the necessary linkage of the term "Messiah" with the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible, with which Zeroaster had nothing to do, I dispute whether the writings upon which 2602:306:8b4e:1050:8143:9ffa:a023:2204's claim is apparently based chronologically precede such OT prophets as the 8th-cent. BC Isaiah chs. 9 and 11. Moreover, the foundational messianic text is found in texts referencing the 10th century BC Davidic Covenant establishment (e.g., 2 Sam 7:12-16). So why not restore some meaning to the term "messianism" by limiting it within its context of linguistic, religious, and historical arising instead of universalizing it to reference any sort of deliverer? In addition, why not knowledgeably adjudicate what has the status as originating source for aforesaid messianism? If I don't receive adequate explanation to these issues from 2602:306:8b4e:1050:8143:9ffa:a023:2204 et al., then I will restore the intro to its Israelite context and best scholarly dating of sources. Olorin3k (talk) 12:51, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

Nobody has justified the claim that the "Messiah" concept or "messianism" originated in Zoroastrianism, so I am removing it. Just because a divine saviour has some similarity to the Israelite Messiah does not mean one can justifiably term it "messianism," nor is the origination claim either chronologically or causally substantiated.Olorin3k (talk) 11:24, 11 November 2016 (UTC)