Instructor Jeffrey L. Seif, Th.B., M.T.S., D.Min

Course contains 15 sessions of about 25 minutes each.

This course surveys church history and the rise and demise of early Messianic Jewish faith, practice and experience in 1st century Judea. We will explore the precariousness of life as a Messianic Jew, focusing on the tensions between Jewish and non-Jewish believers, the problem of anti-Jewishness in Roman culture, and the writings of anti-Jewish churchmen. Course participants will be exposed to the rise and demise of non-Pauline/pre-Pauline Messianic Jewish communities and how, over time, the movement became un-Jewish, non-Jewish and then anti ––Jewish.