Today, nearly 2,000 Filipinos consider themselves members of the “Children of Noah,” a new Judaic faith that is growing into the tens of thousands worldwide as ex-Christians encounter forms of Jewish learning online. Under the tutelage of Orthodox Jewish rabbis, Filipino “Noahides,” as they call themselves, study Torah, observe the Sabbath, and passionately support a form of messianic Zionism. Filipino Noahides believe that Jews are a racially superior people, with an innate ability to access divinity. According to their rabbi mentors, they are forbidden from performing Jewish rituals and even reading certain Jewish texts. These restrictions have necessitated the creation of new, distinctly Noahide ritual practices and prayers modeled after Jewish ones. Filipino Noahides are practicing a new faith that also affirms the superiority of Judaism and Jewish biblical right to the Land of Israel, in line with the aims of the growing messianic Third Temple Movement in Jerusalem.
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Research Article| August 01 2018
The Children of Noah: Has Messianic Zionism Created a New World Religion?
Nova Religio (2018) 22 (1): 115–128.
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Rachel Z. Feldman; The Children of Noah: Has Messianic Zionism Created a New World Religion?. Nova Religio 1 August 2018; 22 (1): 115–128. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2018.22.1.115
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