November: Israel, Creation, and the Messianic Jewish Canonical Narrative
November 5 - 26, 2019—Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. ET
The question of origins is one that affects each of us in a very personal and profound way. Though Judaism and Christianity share the creation narratives recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures, it would be naïve to believe that they also share a fully unified understanding of these same accounts. From a Jewish perspective the creation account is viewed as the prologue to Israel’s story. The creation of humanity and the world it occupies forms a background to the call of Israel as a unique and differentiated people. We will explore the Jewish story of creation and covenant and consider new ways that it might inform the Christian, Jewish and Messianic Jewish call.
Meet your Instructor
Rabbi Paul Saal, MA
Rabbi Paul is the founding spiritual leader of Congregation Shuvah Yisrael in West Hartford, CT. He received smicha (ordination) through the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) and The Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC), which he has served as president. Rabbi Saal is the Dean of Students of the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute. He is a former editor of Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism and is the author of many published theological papers and articles.