THC4130 Messianic Theology in Context

Course Overview

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

Course Description:

Introduces and explores the diverse new religious movement known as Messianic Judaism, that combines Jewish traditions with the belief that Jesus Christ is the Jewish Messiah. Through select readings and discussion, students will understand the beliefs of the Messianic Jewish community and the theological challenges, questions and issues with which Messianic Jews grapple. Students will gain an understanding of ways in which faith in Jesus Christ can flourish, in which missional churches may be planted, and Christians may establish relational rapport in Jewish contexts.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Many students have studied the Old Testament and are aware of historic and contemporary Judaism. Few, however, are familiiar with the religious movement of Messianic Judaism. This course will challenge the student to understand a vibrant contemporary movement that has effectively reached many Jews for Christ, and to better understand the continuties and discontinuities of the Old and New Testaments.

Why This Course Is Important:

Most of the information usually avaialable about Messianic Judaism is from the movement’s own materials. This course offers the student the opportunity to explore the movement within the academic and missional worldview, having the opportunity to examine it Biblically, contextually, missionally.