REL2010 Intro to Judaism

Course Overview

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Kevin O’Brien

Course Description:

Traces the history of the Jewish religion and the communities that preserve its traditions, from its origins in ancient Israel to the present day. Consideration will be given to Judaisms major ideas and practices as well as the diversity of Jewish cultures throughout the world. We will explore a range of classical and contemporary Jewish approaches to Biblical interpretation, theology and views of Gods nature, ethics, ritual and spirituality, and relations with Christians.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students who feel called to engage the Jewish world for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will need to build trust among Jewish people and establish meaningful relationships based on mutual understanding and respect for each others beliefs and sense of spirituality. This course will prepare and equip students to engage their Jewish communities with an informed view of the history of the Jewish religion.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course provides a historical perspective of Judaism so that students may have an informed voice in the marketplace of ideas wherein the Gospel may be effectively proclaimed.