HIS3100 Jews in the time of Jesus

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Stamenka Antonova

Course Description:

Traces the religious and political developments concerning Jews in antiquity by focusing on the inter-testamental period. Special emphasis is laid on Hellenistic culture and Roman administration, as they come to inform and influence the political and religious arenas in the period of the Second Temple Judaism. The original sources are drawn from religious as well as secular texts from the period, including Jewish authors, such as Philo and Josephus, and other non-Jewish historical writings, such as Tacitus and others.

How This Course Benefits Students:

A proper understanding of the New Testament, and especially of the Gospels, requires understanding the history, culture, teachings, and traditions of the Jews. The student will be given the tools for better New Testament exegesis, preaching, and teaching.

Why This Course Is Important:

Jesus and the disciples were Jews. Their context was Jewish. This course will give the student the foundation for better understanding the New Testament in its proper context.