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


Recorded lectures / study material 10 hours
Generated study time. 190 hours

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.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

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.

  • Definitions, terminology
  • 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.

  1. A capacity to handle complex issues both systematically and creatively enabling the development of independent conclusions.
  2. An appreciation of a systematic range of scholarly viewpoints, and a capacity to explain and interact with nuance and originality.
  3. An ability to advance knowledge and understanding, enabling a platform for further studies and research at MA level and beyond.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
15000 word essay100%1-3Coursework



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.

Harvey, Richard. (2009). Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology. Milton Keyes; Paternoster.

Kinzer, Mark S. (2011). Israel's Messiah and the People of God: A Vision for Messianic Jewish Covenant Fidelity. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books.

Kinzer, Mark S. (2005). Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People. Grand Rapids MI: Brazos Press.

Levine, Amy-Jill. (2006). The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. NY: Harper-Collins.Baruch Maoz. (2003). Judaism is not Jewish. Fearn, Ross-shire: Mentor

Rudolph, David J. and Joel Willitts. (2013). Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Press.

Soulen, R. Kandall. (1996). The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Press.

Raymond Pfister and Brian Brewer


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