T601 – God and Messiah

Instructor: Mark S. Kinzer

Location: Orbund (server11.orbund.com)

Dates: March 10-May 19, 2019 Pesach Break April 20-27

Note: This is an expanded course description and not the syllabus. Students who want to begin reading before the syllabus is posted (usually one month prior to the start of class) should contact the course instructor directly to confirm what required readings will be on the syllabus. For the instructor’s contact information, email the MJTI registrar at admin@mjti.org.

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.

This is a Core Course, required for all students in the Jewish Studies and Rabbinic Studies programs.

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.

T501 The Shape of Messianic Jewish Theology

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 discussion threads, and completion of final examination.


  • 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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