A survey of missions to the Jews in Continental Europe 1900-1950 / by Mitchell Leslie Glaser.
This dissertation examines the history of missions to the Jewish people in Continental Europe by Protestant missionaries from 1900 through 1950. The missionaries, organizations, methods, social conditions and historical context are woven together to offer a comprehensive study of the accomplishments of missions to the Jews during this critical period. The impact on Jewish missions of the two World Wars, the Communist revolution, the rise of Zionism and the Holocaust are explored. The study also seeks to analyze the work of the missions and missionaries in order to draw lessons that might be useful in missions to the Jews during our day and in years to come. A chronological/narrative method was employed to weave together the work of the missionaries and the circumstances of the day into one holistic story. This was necessary as heretofore, a comprehensive history of missions to the Jews in the first half of the 20th century had not been written. The results of the research demonstrate that missions to the Jews were greatly impacted by outside circumstances, internal movements within European Jewry and movements within the Church at large and the missions community specifically. World War I brought great distress and displacement to the Jewish community, the Bolshevik revolution eventually closed the doors to Jewish missions activity in Russia and the Holocaust essentially destroyed missions to the Jews in Europe. The spread of the Communist bloc closed whatever doors to Jewish mission activity were left open in Eastern Europe after the Holocaust. It can also be demonstrated that these factors resulted in greater openness of Jewish people to the Gospel message as more than 200,000 European Jews embraced Jesus as their Messiah and the movement continued until the early 1940s. Suffering often produces receptivity to the gospel and the Jewish people became more receptive to the message of Jesus as suffering increased, even at the hands of alleged Christians and anti-Semites. Those who responded positively were able to distinguish between true Christianity and that which was superficial and nominal.
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