Examines the varied relations between Jews and Christians from antiquity to the present, 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. We will trace the origins of Christian anti-Judaism and examine how theology, culture, politics, and economics contributed to the formation of anti-semitism in the ancient, medieval and modern periods. We will also study how Jews have understood Christianity and responded to Christian claims about Jews and Judaism.
From the New Testament on the relationship between Jews and Christians has been of appreciation, fear, suspicion, and even hatred. This course will lead the student to understand and apply Biblical principles in missional relationships with Jewish people. It will also provide the foundation for the student to adivse and counsel others who may misunderstand or be at a loss in how to relate to their Jewish friends.
The student will be challenged to examine his assumptions about New Testament Judaism, Christianity, and even the contemporary relationship of these two religions.
One of the keys to understanding the New Testament is understanding the relationship between Jews and Christians.
Early Christians were inherently missional toward Jews and others. The same principles apply today.
Understanding this particular topic requires and understanding of context
applying what is learned requires contextual thinking.
The substance of the course involves intercultural relationships, much as a missional mindset does today.
The student will finish this course with a better understanding of the transculturality of the gospel message.