Jewish Journal

Not so special after all

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 2, 2008 | 6:36 pm

I’m man enough to admit when I’ve been wrong. It turns out that substitute teacher I had in sixth grade, the one who told me I wasn’t special, was right. He didn’t know it, but he was right.

Since becoming a religion reporter, and particularly since joining The Jewish Journal last year, I thought there was something unique about being a Christian named Greenberg—get out! In fact, I am not alone.

David Brody, Christian Broadcasting Network’s senior reporter, was raised Jewish and converted to Christianity, as did Joshua Goldberg, whose very, very Jewish byline I stumbled across yesterday at ChristianPost.com.

I e-mailed Goldberg to confirm what I suspected. He said he met Jesus during college, still appreciates his Jewish background and now considers himself a “Jewish Christian.” Sounds pretty Messianic, but he didn’t elaborate.

Unlike the former Jews reporting for Christian media, I became a Christian quite young and am now embracing my Jewish roots more than before. But, to reiterate, I do not consider myself a Messianic Jewish hybrid of keeping kosher and sacred Shabbats and Easter Sundays and prayers to Yeshua; I’m a Christian with curly hair, plenty of guilt and, at times, lots of beard.

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