Jewish history is mine because I am Jewish. I reject the claim that I am not. Jewish history leads to me and explains who I am.Of course, it is not that a Jewish believer must 'submit' to the 'authority' of these men; it would be a difficult thing to truly submit to both the Rambam and to the Karl (or Groucho) Marx! His point is that they are family. The invitation for all of us then is to get to better know one's family - to be familiar! This is not something that is ever finished (I must admit that however slight, I am nonetheless far more familiar with the Rambam than with Marx, and its more Guide than Mishneh Torah or Das Capital). So in practical terms, this is an encouragement to literacy - i.e. to continuing Jewish education over one's life, carried out with the care and respect of honoring one's own forebears, who as a family tree "leads to me and explains to me who I am."
Second, Jewish history is important for me because Judaism has preserved some elements of truth...
And third, Jewish history is mine because if we Messianic Jews are to undertake our task to help heal the split between the Church and the Jews, as insiders to both, we must be fully identified with Jewish as well as Christian history.
So the Rambam is my Rambam, and David Ben-Gurion is my Ben-Gurion, and so are Moses Mendelssohn and Moshe Feinstein and Solomon Schechter and Stephen Wise and Judah HaNasi and the Raba and Abaye and Meyer Lansky and Albert Einstein and the Marxes--Karl and Groucho--and Peres and Shamir and Rav Kahane and Charlie Biton. All mine! And I, a Jew who honors the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, am theirs.
Even on this level, the Hebrew and Apostolic Scriptures, cornerstones of Jewish thought, are not left out of the equation; nor does it exclude the Gentile followers of Yeshua. I mentioned this quote to my Dad and he pointed out this verse "1 Cor. 10:11 Now these things [Jewish history referred to earlier in the chapter] happened to them as an example, and they were written for our (Jewish and Gentile believers) instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages (acharit-hayamim acc. Stern) have come (i.e. in Messiah, the fulfillment of history)." Our history includes the good and the bad. Maturity comes in evaluating the difference; but in either case we are family.
Am I wrong in thinking that this quote would find wide (near-universal) agreement within MJ circles (a welcome thought!)? Are there questions stemming from other interpretations of these words that I am missing?