Israel Matters: A Theology of People and Land
3 Credits, 45 hours
Course Summary Description:
Since the Holocaust, Christian theologians have come to realize that the Church made some serious mistakes in their understanding of Jesus and Israel—that Jesus and the apostles were far more Jewish than most had realized, and that Israel as a people and land have continuing significance for God’s work of redemption.
This course will be a study in biblical, historical, and systematic theology. But it is far more than academic. For those with ears to hear, it will help create and enlarge mountain-moving mustard seeds.
The course will explore the following questions. In the Bible, what was Israel’s role in Torah and the prophets? Where is Israel in the New Testament and early Christianity? Does the New Testament see a future for the Jews, even those who have not seen Yeshua as messiah? Did the NT authors see a role for the land of Israel in their day and the future? How did the Church understand these things in its last 2000 years—in its first three centuries, under Constantine, in the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and eighteenth through twentieth centuries? What significance does all of this have for Christian theology—its understanding of humanity and God, the history of redemption, prophecy, the Church, and the problem of evil?