Becoming Jewish, Believing in Jesus: Judaizing Evangelicals in Brazil


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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Manoela Carpenedo holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. She is a fellow at the Centre for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen. Manoela has also taught courses on the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at King's College London and the University of Kent. Her research interests focus on topics related to religions in the global South, the Anthropology of Christianity, Sociology of Religion, Geopolitics of Faith, Anthropology of Moralities, and Gender Studies.


"The book shows the enduring influence of the Bible (mainly the HB) in society through the varied application in the life of believers, who, influenced by their context, apply the text in different ways. The book also has the potential of raising many questions about Jewish and Christian identity(ies). I congratulate Carpenedo for her work ..." -- Rodrigo Galiza, Berrien Springs, Michigan, Andrews University Seminary Studies

"This stimulating book should be read by scholars interested in exploring the ways in which different religious traditions, which tend to think of themselves as separate entities, are brought together in the contemporary world." -- Ira Robinson, Nova Religio

"Manoela Carpenedo's thorough and perceptive study is ground-breaking. First, because 'Judaizing evangelicalism, ' a reaction to perceived doctrinal and moral laxity in the evangelical world, may portend further religious transformations, as the huge Brazilian evangelical community fragments and produces new hybrid forms. And, second, because Christian philo-Semitism, much researched in Africa, needs studies like Carpenedo's in Latin America for understanding the interaction between monotheisms in the global South as a whole." -- Paul Freston, The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America

"Growing within Brazil and beyond, Messianic Judaism is a very complex and fast-changing religious field that really needs more exploration. Manoela Carpenedo offers a rich ethnography of a fascinating case study within Messianic Judaism. Drawing on a wealth of data gathered through rigorous and in-depth participant observation, her book makes significant contributions to several important debates within the sociology and anthropology of religion---syncretism in relation to religious revival, conversion and the elaboration of religious and ethnic identities, and conservative gender roles and relations." -- Véronique Altglas, Queen's University Belfast

"This gracefully written and conceptualized book is the first truly classic study of a Charismatic Christian group in the process of adopting strict orthodox Jewish practices. Focused on a Brazilian congregation, and exploring in detail how women make the move from a more liberal Charismatic church to a Judaizing one that insists they follow strenuous codes of purity and modesty, this book is also a major step forward in the study of radical religious change." -- Joel Robbins, University of Cambridge