T601 – God and Messiah

Instructor: Richard Harvey
Location: Populi (https://mjti.populiweb.com)
Dates3 October – 21 November 2021

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course addresses the most important issue in the study of theology: the identity of God, and the nature  of God’s relationship to the created order. The course examines the unity and inner differentiation of the  Holy One of Israel, and God’s eschatological self-revelation in Messiah Yeshua, in light of relevant Jewish thought. The course demonstrates how the high view of Yeshua of the early Yeshua-movement emerged in the context of Second Temple Judaism and was reinterpreted in a Hellenistic milieu by the Church Fathers and Councils and offers proposals about the restatement of this teaching in a contemporary Messianic Jewish context.

RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM
This is a Core Course, required for all students in the Jewish Studies and Rabbinic Studies programs

RELEVANCE
Messianic Jewish leaders need to understand historic Jewish and Christian concerns regarding the nature of God, and to articulate a view of God which is faithful to revelation, respectful of both traditions, and framed in an idiom that is both Jewish and contemporary.

PREREQUISITES
T501 Shape of Messianic Jewish Theology or special permission from the Academic Dean.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
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.

COURSE FORMAT
Weekly lectures online at 1.30-3.30 EST and asynchronous online discussion (by blog).

REQUIREMENTS
Listening to all lectures, reading all assigned texts, active participation in all discussion threads, and completion of final examination.

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • Bauckham, Richard. Jesus and the God of Israel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Berger, David. The Rebbe, The Messiah and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference. Portland: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2001.
  • Boyarin, Daniel. Border Lines. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.
  • Kelly, J. N. D. Early Christian Doctrines. New York: Continuum, 2000. [Earlier editions are also  acceptable.]
  • Scholem, Gershom. On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism. New York: Schocken, 1996. [Earlier editions are also acceptable]
  • Scholem, Gershom. On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead. New York: Schocken, 1991.
  • Shapiro, Marc B. The Limits of Orthodox Theology. Portland: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2004.
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