S620 Messianic Jewish Hermeneutics (MJS with permission& MRS)

Instructor:  Dr. Stan Meyer
Location: Populi (https://mjti.populiweb.com)
Dates: March 21 –May 30

This course is an introduction to Bible interpretation from a distinctly Messianic-Jewish perspective. The class will explore the history of Bible interpretation beginning with those used during the Second-Temple, classic and Medieval, and contemporary methods. The course will explore the traditional historical-contextual-grammatical method of interpretation. And students will become familiar izecontemporary Jewish methods including social-critical, feminist, and source critical method. Special attention will be given to developing practical skills for preparing Bible studies, derashes, and messages for Shabbat services.

Messianic-Jewish faith is anchored in God’s Word, consisting of the Tanakh and the Brit Hadashah. These texts are foundational to and the final authority for Messianic-Jewish faith. Therefore, theological inquiry, practical theology, and how ministry is carried out should be anchored in solid Biblical interpretation. Those who lead and minister within the Messianic-Jewish community should be skilled in interpreting and communicating God’s Word to His people within a Messianic Jewish context. Messianic teachers should be familiar with the rich heritage of Jewish Biblical interpretation as it is the community’s historical heritage. Moreover, to remain relevant to and engage with the wider Jewish community, Bible teachers should understand the many ways Jewish scholars interpret and teach from the Scriptures today.


Students must have a computer and Internet access. Please contact Joyce Klayman, our IT assistant, for technical help at jbklay@gmail.com.Some outside of North America or Israel may need access to an eBook reader.

After completing this course successfully, the student will be able to:

  1. describe and summarize historical methods of Bible interpretation from the Second Temple to the present,
  2. identify classic rabbinic methods of Bible interpretation including Hillel’s 7 principles exegesis, and classic Midrashic interpretation,
  3. identify and describe contemporary methods of Bible interpretation used by Jewish scholars including source criticism and social-critical hermeneutics; and assess their strengths and weaknesses,
  4. explain the historical-cultural-grammatical method of Biblical interpretation and use the method to interpret selected Biblical texts,
  5. explain the critical issues surrounding NT use of the OT,
  6. use important academic tools for Biblical interpretation and use them to prepare lessons,
  7. use academic resources related to the Jewish backgrounds to the New Testament and to prepare lessons or messages with them,
  8. describe a new love for God’s Word and a thoughtful, disciplined approach in their own personal Bible study and teaching ministry.

This course will be taught insynchronous, online format using Zoom once a week on Sundays, March 21; April 11, 18, 25; and May 2, 9, 16; at 10:00 –11:45 am (EDT)

Students are required to:

  • attend each of the six online classes by Zoom;
  • respond to the 10 discussion questions, approximately one per week;
  • write and present in class one 500-word(two page) paper explaining the interpretive method employed by a classical rabbinic exegete;
  • write and present in class one 500-word(two page) paper explaining the interpretive method employed by a modern Jewish commentator, scholar,or rabbi;
  • write and present in class one 500-word (two page)paper engaging with a critical issue surrounding Biblical interpretation such as the New Testament use of the Jewish Scriptures or a text critical issue;
  • write and present in class one 2,000-word (8-page)paper interpreting and applying a Biblical passage using the historical-cultural-grammatical hermeneutical method to use as a Shabbat derash, Scripture study, or adult lesson.


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