H510 – Jewish-Christian Relations in Historical Context

Instructor: Jennifer M. Rosner

Location: Online

Dates: October 7 – December 9, 2018 (Fall Quarter, 2018-2019)


Distinctive to a Messianic Jewish interpretation of Judaism is the conviction that the identities of Judaism and Christianity 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 course 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 for the Jewish Studies and Rabbinic Studies programs.


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 School of Jewish Studies core curriculum, and to the education of every SJS student.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


This is an online course. The student must have a computer and internet access.


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


Listening to all lectures, reading all assigned texts, active participation in all blog discussions, and completion of final examination.

REQUIRED TEXTS (the publication dates indicate the required edition of each text)

  • Boccaccini, Gabriele. “Multiple Judaisms”in Bible Review XI:1 (February 1995), ages 38-41.
  • Boyarin, Daniel. Border Lines. hiladelphia: 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. ostmissionary Messianic Judaism. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2005.
  • Yuval, Israel Jacob. Two Nations in Your Womb. Berkeley: University of California, 2006.
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