HIS3110 Jewish-Christian Relations in Early Christianity

Course Overview

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

Course Description:

Examines the varied relations between Jews and Christians from antiquity to the present, focusing on the ways in which Jews and Christians have thought about and represented the other, and the issues that have divided the two communities. We will trace the origins of Christian anti-Judaism and examine how theology, culture, politics, and economics contributed to the formation of anti-semitism in the ancient, medieval and modern periods. We will also study how Jews have understood Christianity and responded to Christian claims about Jews and Judaism.

How This Course Benefits Students:

From the New Testament on the relationship between Jews and Christians has been of appreciation, fear, suspicion, and even hatred. This course will lead the student to understand and apply Biblical principles in missional relationships with Jewish people. It will also provide the foundation for the student to adivse and counsel others who may misunderstand or be at a loss in how to relate to their Jewish friends.

Why This Course Is Important:

Few relationships have been so intimate and so distant as those between Jews and Christians. This course will provide the Biblical and historical foundation for loving missional relationships.