Jewish - Christian Relations

Jewish Christian Relations


This course will survey the history of the Jewish people and Judaism in comparison with the history of Christianity. Instead of seeing Jesus and Judaism through the lens of later history, we will study them both in their original historical context.

Judaism and Christianity each have their own set of values, rules and approaches to God. Specifically, they each have a different understanding of the concept of Messiah. These issues have been debated throughout the centuries, but the modern discussion has added a new perspective. The recognition of the Jewish identity of Jesus has influenced both Jewish and Christian scholarship, leading to a new chapter in the debate.


About the Course

The history of the Jewish people goes all the way back to Abraham, but after the destruction of the Temple in the year 70 CE, something new emerged. With no temple to offer sacrifices, along with the growing movement of Jesus followers presenting an increasing challenge, Judaism had to reinvent itself. Both Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity have their roots in Second Temple Judaism, but evolved in reaction to one another, to some extent even defining themselves by their differences. By the Middle Ages, they had become two entirely separate groups that seemed to have nothing in common. It is a fascinating, but often sad history. Over time almost all connection between Judaism and Christianity was lost. Only in relatively recent years has there been an understanding of the commonalities between the two, and the importance of understanding each group in its original context. During the course we will also focus on the Jewish roots of Jesus. Instead of seeing Jesus and Judaism through the lens of later history, we will study them both in their original historical context.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to enable students to achieve the following objectives:

    1. The student will recognize and evaluate the historical events and theological beliefs that have caused controversy between Christians and Jewish people.
    2. The student will integrate and decipher the modern schism between the two groups based on historical analysis.
    3. The student will appreciate God's promises and faithfulness in spite of humanity’s sin.

Course Syllabus:

Lesson 1 - Who are the Jewish people?
Lesson 2 - Replacing Replacement Theology
Lesson 3 - The New Testament and anti-Jewishness
Lesson 4 - The origins of Rabbinic Judaism
Lesson 5 - The early Church and the Jews
Lesson 6 - The Middle Ages, part 1
Lesson 7 - Middle Ages Part 2
Lesson 8 - The Spanish Inquisition and beyond
Lesson 9 - The Protestant Reformation
Lesson 10 - Enlightenment and Jewish believers in Jesus
Lesson 11 - The Holocaust
Lesson 12 - After Auschwitz
Lesson 13 - Theological Issues
Lesson 14 – Modern Israel


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.

Recommended Background

No prerequisites required – all are welcome!

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. Kessler, Edward, An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge University Press, 2010
      2. Vlach, Michael, Has the Church Replaced Israel, B&H Publishing, 2010
      3. Luther, Martin, On the Jews and their Lies (no need to purchase - provided in PDF format via itsLearning)

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

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 the required textbooks **Payment is non-refundable

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