Course Descriptions

Introduction to Messianic Judaism (20 hours)

This course is a survey of the history of Jewish people coming to faith in Jesus as Messiah from the first to the twentieth centuries, as well as an overview of the current practice of Messianic congregations. We examine relationships with the wider church, reasons for the existence of Messianic congregations, and varieties of practice.

Jewish Evangelism (5 hours)

The student will become aware of the difficulties surrounding Jewish evangelism through historical and present-day national and church anti-Semitism; this will include anti-missionary organizations and their arguments. The course will also cover the main Messianic prophecies along with their respective rabbinical interpretations.

Old Testament Survey (20 hours)

This course will provide an overview of the whole Hebrew Bible showing how the poetical and prophetic books fit within the historical segments of the Old Testament. It will trace God’s special program for the Jewish people both past and future.

New Testament Survey (20 hours)

In addition to the Gospels, this course will provide an overview of the whole New Covenant fitting in the epistles into the historical book of Acts. It will show a contrast between epistles written to the body of Messiah as a whole, and those epistles written specifically for Messianic Jews. 

The Covenants of God and Dispensationalism (15 hours)

Throughout the Scriptures God made eight specific covenants, some with the Jewish people exclusively, others with mankind in general. Each of those covenants brought in a new set of realities for all mankind and a new “rule of life” for believers for a certain time period. Each of those time periods are called “dispensations.” Whether it is recognized or not, truly understanding the Bible narrative is dependent upon knowing the covenants and dispensations.

Introduction to Systematic Theology (10 hours)

This course will give an overview of the major doctrines of the Bible: Bibliology, Theology proper, Christology, Pneumatology, Angelology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Israelology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. An understanding of these will be foundation to the remaining curriculum of the school year.

Life of Messiah (25 hours)

This course is a study of the four gospels using a harmony and tracing the biography of the Messiah from the perspective of Israel and Judaism of first-century Israel.

The Geography of Israel: Past and Present (20 hours)

This course examines the geography of Israel through both the biblical and contemporary lens. It includes a study of the biblical locations and topography of the Holy Land: past and present. This class will prepare the students for our year-end study tour of Israel.

Acts 1-15 (15 hours)

In this course we trace the history of the early Messianic Jewish community, its struggle with the issue of law and grace, and the introduction of the Gentiles into the body of the Messiah.

Jewish History, the Holocaust, and Zionism (30 hours)

This course is a comprehensive examination of post-biblical Jewish history. Starting with the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. we examine the geographical wanderings of the Jewish people, the external factors that forced these movements, the drive to survive amidst violent persecution, and the theological views among some branches of Christendom that allowed them to justify violent persecution. Jewish interaction with Islam is also examined. Particular attention is given to the political and religious background of Europe which allowed the horrors of the Holocaust to take place. The growth of the Jewish community in Israel pre-state is examined, along with the vibrancy and diversity of modern Israel.

The Messianic Jewish Epistles (25 hours)

This course is a study of the five epistles directly written to the messianic community: Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, and James. These epistles are studied from the background of the gospels and the book of Acts dealing with two issues: persecution of the Messianic Jewish community and with false doctrines that had been introduced.

Hermeneutics: Messianic and Rabbinic (20 hours)

This course is a comparison of the rules of biblical interpretation as practiced in Rabbinic Judaism and how they both support and/or contradict early Messianic interpretation as found in the New Testament.

The Sabbath, Mosaic Law, and the Law of Messiah (20 hours)

This course is a comprehensive study of passages of Scripture dealing with the Sabbath and the Mosaic Law. The Judaistic and church views of both will be examined. How they were observed in the past and how they should be viewed in the present will be examined. A thorough look at the Law of Messiah presented in the New Testament will also be studied, and how it effects the Mosaic Law and the Sabbath for Jewish and Gentile believers today.

Doctrinal Issues in Contemporary Messianic Judaism (15 hours)

The Messianic Jewish movement is united on certain issues but very divided on others, such as: Sabbath observance, kashrut, intermarriage, Torah observance and self-identity. This course will examine such issues and whether current practice of these things line up with Scripture.

The Ministry and Mandate of Jewish Evangelism (10 hours)

The priority and mandate of Jewish evangelism will be discussed biblically and how that practically relates to the church and the Abrahamic Covenant. Understanding the minds of our Jewish friends today as a result of church history will be discussed, and the gospel in the Old Testament will also be presented with highlights on Messianic Prophecy.

Introduction to Biblical Archaeology (25 hours)

This course will provide a preliminary study of the primary locations of key archaeological sites in the Middle East as they relate to biblical history. Student will also learn about the major artifacts discovered. Students will be exposed to elementary principles and methods of archeological investigation as well as important publications in this field of study.

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (20 hours)

The goal of this course is to give Bible students the basic ability to access traditional and digital tools for studying the Hebrew Scriptures. Vowel points will be taught along with the basic principle that governs prophetic passages: the use of the prophetic perfect. A few weeks before the course begins, registered students will be directed to software and other aids to help them learn to recognize the basic 22 consonantal letters of the Hebrew aleph-bet and the final forms. During that time students must self-drill in recognizing by sight the letters and sounds. When class begins we’ll practice that and go further.

A Survey of Jewish Culture and Customs (15 hours)

This course explores Jewish culture and practice around the world from the first to the twentieth centuries. Geographical shifts are demonstrated through maps and PowerPoint visuals, illustrating origins of the Sephardi, Mizrachi, Ashkanazic & smaller Jewish communities. Comparisons of their culture are made and their current state is described. Rabbinic religious customs will also be demonstrated such as the: tallit, kippah, and Torah scroll.

Messianic Jewish Apologetics: Theodicy (15 hours)

Theodicy is a branch of theology that examines the omnipotence and goodness of God in the face of the problem of evil in the world. Theodicy will be studied from a Messianic Jewish perspective with special focus on historical Jewish sufferings, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and the future prophetic persecutions of the Jewish people and nation of Israel.

Jewish-Gentile Issues in the Pauline Epistles (15 hours)

This course examines several New Testament passages relating to Jewish and Gentile issues and relationships both before and after salvation. There will be a special emphasis on the outworking of the Jewish covenants in connection with Gentile believers.

Tabernacle and Temple (25 hours)

This course will provide a detailed description of the tabernacle during Israel’s early history, and follow through to the first and second temples. Discussion will include the structures themselves (inner/outer), officiating priesthood, sacrifices, festive cycles, and their Messianic significance.

The Triunity of God (20 hours)

One of the major disagreements between Rabbinic Judaism & Christianity is the question of the nature of God. The rabbis maintain that God is an absolute singular while Messianic Jewish and Christian Bible scholars point out that the way that God is described in many passages in the Jewish Bible leads to understanding Him as a plurality, as three Persons, yet one God: thus our title, the Tri-Unity of God.

Major and Minor Jewish Holidays (23 hours)

Within Mosaic Law seven annual holy seasons are given to the Jewish people, all found in Leviticus 23. Jesus and the Apostles grew up with these holy days and they play a major part in the Gospel narratives, often framing the ministry of Jesus. Such an understanding is crucial for New Testament studies. We will study these holy days and several other traditional (minor) Jewish holidays and discuss how and why they continue to be important for the Messianic community.

Israel My Firstborn (22 hours)

This course will provide a biblical approach to understanding the history of Israel from their physical birth to their future spiritual rebirth from the standpoint of their father and son relationship with God. Exodus 4:22 “…thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn.” The history of national Israel is presented as a baby born who grows up with the typical struggles of a young boy, until they eventually mature and get saved.

Messianic and Rabbinic Views of Messianic Prophecy (15 hours)

Passages in the Hebrew Scriptures predicting the birth of a Messiah clearly point to Jesus according to Christian commentators. Classic Judaism sees these in a far different way with the perceived need to deny Jesus often motivating the interpretation. We will examine those Messianic prophecies, survey the rabbinic understanding, and then see that when carefully examined, they can be fulfilled only in Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah.

Ecclesiology and Messianic Judaism (15 hours)

This course is a study of biblical ecclesiology (i.e. the doctrine of the kehillah, ekkleisia, or the church), correlating this with different facets of the Messianic Jewish movement.

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Eschatology: The Doctrine of the Last Days (45 hours)

Ariel Ministries is well-respected for its depth of teaching in the field of Eschatology. Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s book, The Footsteps of the Messiah, is the textbook used for this course. This course includes a detailed study of prophetic truths from both Testaments in chronological sequence which will include the church age, the Rapture of the church, the Great Tribulation, the Second Coming, the 75-day interval, the Messianic Kingdom, and the eternal order.

Israelology: The Doctrine of Israel (45 hours)

This entire branch of systematic theology known as Israelology was developed by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum and was the subject of his ground-breaking doctoral dissertation study. This course is a systematized study of all that the Bible teaches about Israel theologically: past, present, and future. Israelology is indeed the missing link in systematic theology and woefully neglected throughout Christendom. It is the center-piece course of ASMJS.

Rabbinic Theology and Literature (23 hours)

The history and content of rabbinic theology from 450 B.C. until A.D. 500 will be examined, as well as a survey of the history and the content of rabbinic writings like the Talmud (both Mishnah and Gemara), Targumim, and Midrashim.

History and Prophecy of Jerusalem (22 hours)

This course offers a special focus on the city of Jerusalem covering its history from early biblical times into the modern age. Specific Scripture passages that address the importance of Jerusalem will also be examined so the students can better understand God’s heart for Jerusalem and His plans for her.

Messianic Leadership, Discipleship, and Spiritual Formation (15 hours)

This course will examine three areas of practical theology as they pertain to Messianic Judaism: leadership, discipleship, and spiritual formation. Healthy Messianic Jewish congregational structures, policies, and relational matters ground the study of the Leadership section. Approaches to the unique needs facing new Jewish believers serves as the heart of study in the Discipleship unit of this course. This will culminate in how these things lead to a well-balanced spiritual formation and walk with God.

Isaiah and His Servant Songs (20 hours)

This course will give an expositional survey of the entire book of Isaiah, with a special concentration on the passages that depict and predict the person and work of Israel’s Messianic Redeemer.

Supercessionism: Past and Present (10 hours)

In this course we will evaluate the origins, historical development, results, and doctrines associated with Supercessionism (i.e. Replacement Theology, Fulfillment Theology).