Rabbinic Studies Program

The MJTI Rabbinic Studies Program (RSP) prepares Jewish men and women to serve as rabbis in the maturing Messianic Jewish movement. The program offers a Master of Rabbinic Studies (MRS) leading to smicha (ordination) as a rabbi. As a custodian of Israel’s revelation and holy tradition, and a disciple of Messiah Yeshua, a Messianic Jewish rabbi teaches and models the ways of God for the Messianic Jewish community in the power and wisdom of the Spirit of God. Program faculty draw on their rich experience and knowledge to prepare men and women for this holy work.

The faculty teaches and mentors students in the necessary perspectives, attitudes, and skills of the effective rabbi. Our Rabbinic Studies Program is comprised of four elements:

  • Online Coursework
  • Mentoring Program
  • Residential Intensives

These components add valuable face-to-face contact and practical experience.

The faculty and staff of the Rabbinic Studies Program believe that the preparation of men and women to serve as rabbis is essential for the continued growth and maturation of the Messianic Jewish movement. We are honored to be part of the process by which students are prepared to serve as rabbis.

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Master of Rabbinic Studies

The Master of Rabbinic Studies degree requires the completion of 26 3-credit courses (12 Core courses, 10 Congregational Life and Leadership courses, 1 Rabbinic Writings course, and 3 Electives). Biblical Hebrew Proficiency is required for admission to the degree.

Degree Overview:

Academic Coursework

    Biblical Hebrew

  • BH501 First-Year Biblical Hebrew Part 1-3
  • BH502 Second-Year Biblical Hebrew Part 1-3

     Biblical and Rabbinic Texts

  • S501 Tanakh: The Beginnings of Judaism and the Jewish People
  • S502 Apostolic Writings: The Early Messianic Jewish Community
  • S620 Biblical Hermeneutics
  • H510 Jewish-Christian Relations in Historical Context
  • R501 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
  • R502 Introduction to Talmud

     Jewish History

  • H502 History of Judaism & the Jewish People
  • H504 Contemporary Judaism
  • H510 History of Jewish-Christian Relations

     Messianic Jewish Theology

  • T501 Messianic-Jewish Theology
  • T601 God and Messiah
  • T605 Halakhic Process
Practical Theology
  • SL 502 Jewish Practices in a Messianic Context
  • SL501 Messianic-Jewish Spirituality
  • RS601 Effective Public Speaking/Homiletics
  • RS502 Key Events in the Jewish Lifecycle


Professional Competencies
  • RS101 Rabbinic Cohort Seminar
  • RS501 Personal Life of the Spiritual Leader
  • RS701 Congregational Growth & Development
  • RS651 The Basics of Synagogue Worship
  • RS506 The Roles of the Messianic Jewish Rabbi
  • RS652 Shabbat & Weekly Worship Services
  • RS653 Services for the High Holy Days and Moedim
  • RS505 The Rabbi’s Personal and Professional Relationships
  • RS503 Pastoral Care 1: Serving Through the Stages of Life
  • RS504 Pastoral Care 2: Counseling and Prayer credit
Capstone Project (Choose One)
  • GR201 Master’s Thesis
  • GR202 Trimester in Israel
  • GR203 Messianic Jewish Ministry Project
  • GR204  Humanitarian Service Project

The Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program is a distinctive component of the Rabbinic Studies Program that emphasizes personal development and guided learning. Working with their mentors, students are encouraged to determine precise areas of growth needed within the parameters of each course and to articulate clear learning objectives. The students, assisted by their mentors, have the opportunity to individually tailor learning tasks that are both didactic and practical to help achieve the learning objectives. Most importantly, the mentoring program is designed to help produce rabbis who are servant leaders.

For a detailed description of the program, degree requirements, and courses, click here to download the MJTI Catalog. If you have any questions, please contact us at admin@mjti.org or 352.874.7644.

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