H510 Jewish-Christian Relations in Historical Context

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer M. Rosner
Location: Populi (https://mjti.populiweb.com)
DatesDecember 26, 2021-February 27, 2022

Distinctive to a Messianic Jewish interpretation of Judaism is the conviction that the identities of Judaism andChristianity are inextricably intertwined, and that the fortified barrier dividing them reflects and perpetuates a  tragic schism within one two-fold community. In this light the present class will examine the relationship between these two religious traditions from their origins at the end of the Second Temple period to their new encounter in the modern era. The course will examine key issues and key points of contact that contributed to generally accepted definitions of Judaism and Christianity and will raise  questions about the future of this relationship in view of the new circumstances of the twenty-first century and the witness of Messianic Judaism.

This is a Core course required course for the Master of Jewish Studies and  Master of Rabbinic Studies degrees.

For most in the wider Jewish world, the study of Jewish-Christian relations reflects a concern for how Jews relate to the world external to Judaism. In contrast, from a Messianic Jewish perspective, Jewish-Christian relations are integral to the internal identity of Jews and Judaism. Consequently, this course is central to the MJTI Core curriculum, and to the education of every matriculated student.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

The student must have a computer, headset, and high-speed internet access. For assistance with Populi, please contact Rabbi Michael admin@mjti.org or Dr. Hillel drvered@mjti.org.

Lecture (by podcast) and asynchronous online discussion (by blog).


Listen to all lectures, read all assigned texts, actively participate in all discussion questions, and complete the final examination.


  • Boccaccini, Gabriele. “Multiple Judaisms” in Bible Review XI:1 (February 1995), pages 38-41.
  • Boyarin, Daniel. Border Lines. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2004.
  • Braaten, Carl E. and Robert W. Jenson. Jews and Christians: People of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.
  • Christianity in Jewish Terms (ed. Frymer-Kensky, et al). New York: Basic Books, 2002.
  • Kinzer, Mark. Postmissionary Messianic Judaism. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2005.
  • Yuval, Israel Jacob. Two Nations in Your Womb. Berkeley: University of California, 2006.
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