BIB8510SEN - Analysis of Jews in the Time of Jesus

Course description

This course covers the development of Judaism from 200 B.C.E. to 200 C.E., examining the religious literature of the Second Temple period, the Judaism of the Dead Sea Scrolls, messianic movements in Judaism including, the emergence of Jesus movement in its Jewish context in the first century C.E., relations between emerging Christianity and Judaism, the rise of the rabbinic movement, as well as the development of the synagogue as a religious institution.

How this course benefits students

It gives a historical contextualization of Christianity within its Jewish context in the first century, among other Jewish groups at the time (Pharisees, priests, scribes, etc.).

Why this course is important

This course helps students to contextualize the early Christian writings in their contemporary Jewish religious setting.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Biblical Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Stamenka Antonova, Professor of Early Christianity

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The writings of authors such as apostle Paul and other texts from the Bible are part of the readings.

Missionally driven

It analyses Christianity vis a vis other religious groups in the ancient context and looks at Judaism in its complexity and diversity in antiquity.

Contextually informed

The course focuses specifically on 200 BC to 200 AD period of the development of Judaism in antiquity.

Interculturally focused

The courses considers the diversity of Jewish religious groups in the Roman Empire.

Practically minded

The course focuses on religious texts from antiquity.

Experientially transformed

The courses takes into consideration the different religious perspectives and views in the ancient period.