TH7611 - Thought and Expressions of the Messianic Jewish Movement
Thought and Expressions of the Messianic Jewish Movement
20 CC 10 ECTS
Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus
200 hours of which 10 hours of recorded lectures / study material and 190 hours of generated study time. Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Independent Guided study
Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.
Antecedents of the Messianic movement (aka Hebraic Christianity, e.g. NT Church, Nazarenes/Ebionites, Christians under the Visigoths/Carolingians/Toledo, Jewish Christians in the Eastern Church, 19th century).
History of the modern Messianic movement
Current expressions of the Messianic movement (Torah Observant Messianic Jews, Assimilation, Evangelism-driven, intermediate positions)
History of Jewish-Church relations
The modern Messianic movement and relations with the today’s Church
Competing theological issues and foci (Identity, Torah observance, Ecclesiology, Evangelism, Eschatology, Non-canonical/traditional writings, Hermeneutics, Orthodox Judaism, deity of Jesus (Trinity), Postmodern Jews)
Jewish Messianic Theology and the Middle East conflict
To foster critical analysis and reflection upon the contemporary and historic Messianic Jewish Movement To engage students in scholarly assessment of the Messianic Jewish Movement from the context of Church history and from a theological perspective.
To encourage the application of original thought and research into key aspects of contemporary Jewish / Christian relations.
To develop skills in understanding and critiquing various theological positions within the movement from a critical academic perspective.
To identify and discuss Christian and non-Christian responses to the Messianic Jewish Movement.
Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.
A capacity to handle complex issues both systematically and creatively enabling the development of independent conclusions.
An appreciation of a systematic range of scholarly viewpoints, and a capacity to explain and interact with nuance and originality.
An ability to advance knowledge and understanding, enabling a platform for further studies and research at MA level and beyond.
Learning outcome(s) assessed
4000 word assignment, 100% (All LOs)
Reassessment: as assessment
Darrell Bock and Mitch Glaser. (2008). To The Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel.
Brown, Michael L. (2012). The Real Kosher Jesus: Revealing the mysteries of the hidden Messiah. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine
Bruteau, Beatrice. (2001). Jesus Through Jewish Eyes: Rabbis and Scholars Engage an Ancient Brother in a New Conversation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.
Cohen, A. Arthur and Paul Mendes-Flohr. (2009). 20th Century Jewish Religious Thought. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society.
Fishman, Sylvia B. (2007). The Way into the Varieties of Jewishness. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing.