The Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

The Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith


This course will consider the importance of Jesus’ Jewish identity, and examine the New Testament in light of the Old Testament background.

We will look into the Jewish world of Jesus and His followers, and the subsequent development of Christianity.

About the Course

The aim of this course is to enable the student to better understand Jesus’ life in its Jewish context, and to correct some of the misunderstandings about him and his world in order to have an accurate basis for our theology and understanding of history.

This course will introduce participants to the Jewish background of the New Testament: the geography of Israel, the Jewish customs and feasts, the people groups, cultures, literature and institutions at the time of Jesus and His followers. We will also focus on God’s plan for atonement, His covenants with Israel, Messianic Prophecy, and on the historical and theological origins of the split between Judaism and Christianity. At the end of the course we will examine what the New Testament says about God’s promises to the Jewish people and land of Israel.


 Course Syllabus:

Lesson 1 - God’s Plan for the Jewish People
Lesson 2 - God's Plan for the Nations
Lesson 3 - Messianic Prophecy
Lesson 4 - The Feasts of Israel
Lesson 5 - Tabernacle and Temple
Lesson 6 - The Jewish World of Jesus
Lesson 7 - The Jewish Life of Jesus
Lesson 8 - The Jewish Land of Jesus
Lesson 9 - The Jewish Teachings of Jesus
Lesson 10 - The Jewish Disciples
Lesson 11 - The Jewish Paul
Lesson 12 - The Jewish New Testament
Lesson 13 - The Jewish Message of the New Testament: Resurrection
Lesson 14 – The Parting of the Ways


David Mishkin

Dr. David Mishkin has a PhD in Biblical and Religious Studies, with a focus on Jewish Christian Relations. David serves on the faculty of Israel College of the Bible in Netanya, Israel, and has published several scholarly articles and books, including "The Wisdom of Alfred Edersheim"and "Rabbi and Redeemer: Discovering Yeshua in the Gospel of John."

Course Format

For Personal Enrichment The student is guided through the teaching videos and reading material, and encouraged to take the short quiz at the end of each section in order to reinforce the information. The reading assignments are optional. Students are welcome to complete additional written assignments, but they will not be graded on them.

For Academic Credit This course is eligible for 3 academic credits. In order to pass the course successfully, the student is required to submit all coursework within six months from the day of registration, and obtain a final grade not lower than 60. Course grades are based on quizzes, mid-term exam, and the final paper.

  • The course consists of 14 lessons that contain lecture videos and homework reading assignments.
  • This is a Self-Paced Online Course. The student is required to complete the course within six months from the day of registration, but is free to do so in his/her own pace and may review video lectures at any time during the course.
  •  At the end of each lesson there is a short multiple-choice quiz to help reinforce the material studied.

Required Textbooks

Participants need to purchase:

  1.  Michael L. Brown, The Real Kosher Jesus , Frontline, 2012. (New approx. 15$) 
  2.  Craig Keener, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Eerdmans, 2009. (New approx. 38$)
  3. Oscar Skarsaune, In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity, IVP Academic, 2008. (New approx. 20$)

Aside from the three books above, all additional reading material will be available free online.

Recommended Background:

No prerequisites required – all are welcome!

Course Fees - 25% OFF for the Holiday Season!

  • For Personal Enrichment - $249 $186 (after the discount)
  • For Academic Credit at a B.A. Level - $900 $675 (after the discount)

*These fees do not include required textbooks **Payment is non-refundable

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