100 Level

The first eight courses of the core curriculum are required of all students and feature interdepartmental studies. Courses designated as 100 Level equip the student with a general understanding of the Jewish roots of Christian faith for the student’s own personal benefit and for the benefit of those with whom the student may share his or her experience and learning.

Courses

101 — Jesus: Our Hebrew Lord

This course examines the cultural context and historical and theological background of the Jewishness of Jesus. It documents the humanity of Jesus as a Jew in a Jewish family and a Jewish community. It establishes Jesus’ Hebraic worldview and mindset. It analyzes the Hebraic nature of Jesus’ fundamental teachings and practices.

102 — Christianity’s Hebraic Heritage

This course undertakes a foundational study of Christianity’s inherent Jewishness, establishing the fact that the faith of Jesus and the apostles was solidly based on the Hebrew Scriptures and Second Temple Judaism. It documents the truth that earliest Christianity was one among the many Judaisms of the first century and that neither Jesus nor the apostles attempted to break away from their heritage and form a new, different religion. It exposes the error of subsequent Christianity’s detachment from its Hebraic foundations.

103 — Toward a Biblical Worldview

This course establishes the demand for a worldview and a related mindset to achieve an understanding of ultimate reality. It analyzes various historical approaches to worldview, including philosophies and religious ideas. It thoroughly documents the Hebraic worldview and presents a healthy biblical holism that is founded upon that view.

104 — Overview of Sacred Scripture

This course analyzes the Bible, presenting the Jewish understanding of the order and canonicity of the Hebrew Scriptures. It equips the student with a comprehensive knowledge of the TaNaKh, categorizing the Hebrew Scriptures under Torah, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim, and an understanding that the Apostolic Scriptures are a continuation of the Hebrew Scriptures. It evaluates the distinction between written and oral tradition. It also discusses issues of canonicity and historical preservation of Sacred Scripture. It emphasizes the inspiration and revelation of Scripture, but it also examines the Bible as a work of art with its various literary genres.

105 — The Continuity of Biblical Theology

This course focuses on the concept of divine constancy and covenant faithfulness and their relation to biblical faith and practice. With scriptural and historical documentation, it underscores the ongoing continuity of the New Covenant community in context with historical and biblical Israel. It deals with the key theological links between the testaments. It also exposes the fallacy of modern Christian theology’s criterion of dissimilarity which has wrenched the church from its Hebraic moorings and has set it adrift in a maelstrom of non-biblical traditions.

106 — Hebraic Perspectives on Family and Community

This course analyzes the biblical concepts of human interaction from the foundational unit of the family, through the extended family of community, to the understanding of the family of humanity. It discusses issues of singleness, marriage, and human sexuality. It underscores the family as the locus for spiritual development and develops the Hebraic understanding of roles for men, women, and children. It also examines questions of orphans, widows, and the poor in relationship to the extended family of community.

107 — Talmidim: Biblical Discipleship

This course analyzes Christian discipleship in the light of the context from which the idea emerged, Second Temple Jewish discipleship. The various dynamics of discipleship that are focused in the learning process and discipline are explored. The relationship of teacher to student in an interactive learning process that goes far beyond traditional Western educational models is underscored.

108 — Torah: Foundation of Biblical Teaching

This course establishes the importance of the Torah (the Pentateuch) as foundational to Christian faith and experience, analyzing the teachings of Jesus and the apostles that are established in the Torah. It evaluates various historical approaches to the Torah (Law) in the Christian church. It underscores the truth that the Torah is the very Word of God and is profitable for all believers. It also documents the Torah as the guardian of the Jewish people designed to preserve them as a people and to bring them to Messiah.

109 — Torah Survey I: Bereshit (Genesis)

This course equips the student with a basic understanding of the book of Genesis. It includes an overview of the history included in this book and discusses the various patriarchs and matriarchs and the events of their lives. It also analyzes the theological concepts introduced in this book.

110 — Hebraic Foundations of Christian Prayer

This course undertakes a detailed study of prayer as practiced in the Hebrew Scriptures and in Second Temple Judaism. It analyzes the Hebraic understanding of the nature and purpose of prayer and its importance to believers in the God of the Bible. It then demonstrates the ways in which these concepts were manifest in the lives and teachings of Jesus and the apostles. It evaluates the Psalms as paradigms for prayer, as well as an overview of the Siddur, the Jewish prayer book for concepts manifest in Christian prayers, including the Lord’s Prayer.

111 — Apostolic Scriptures Survey

This course systematically discusses the books written either by apostles of Jesus or under their auspices, beginning with the Gospels and continuing with the Acts of the Apostles. It analyzes the various epistles and concludes with an overview of the Apocalypse. It demonstrates the continuity between the Hebrew Scriptures and the Apostolic Scriptures and underscores the importance of the Apostolic Scripture to the full understanding of all Holy Scripture.

112 — Blessing in Hebraic Tradition

This course features an overview of the eternal principle of blessing that is foundational to God’s covenantal dealings with humankind. It analyzes the reciprocity involved in the Hebraic blessing model. It also discusses the blessing that God commanded that priests place on the “children of Israel” and its relationship to all believers of all time. It examines materials from Berachot (Blessings), the first tractate of the Talmud. It evaluates the Hebraic practice of blessings in family relationships and in the context of corporate communities.