BIB8580SEN - Jewish-Christian Relations in Early Christianity

Course description

The course examines the varied relations between Jews and Christians, 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. It covers the origins of Christian anti-Judaism and examine how theology, culture, politics, and economics contributed to the formation of anti-semitism in the ancient and later periods. We also study how Jews have understood Christianity and responded to Christian claims about Jews and Judaism.

How this course benefits students

This course provides a historical perspective on the dynamic relations between Christians and Jews.

Why this course is important

This course is important because it gives a historical background to the complex relations between Jews and Christians from the early stages of the development of Christianity.

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

Many biblical texts and interpretations of biblical texts are included.

Missionally driven

This course allows the understanding of individuals from Jewish background.

Contextually informed

The course focuses on the cultural-historical context of Judaism and Christianity.

Interculturally focused

The course focuses on the relations between Christians and Jews over a period of time.

Practically minded

The course gives the opportunity to give a historical perspective on the successes and failures of Jewish-Christians relations in the past.

Experientially transformed

It opens the horizons of students to understand the world of Judaism.