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Rediscovering Yeshua and the Land of the Bible

SB BIB 301 – 3 Credits

Course Instructors: Baruch Brian Kvasnica, Rev. Jim Farrer and a variety of expert lecturers.

Course Structure: This course will comprise of the following parts: 1) a pre-trip section that will consist of two live zoom sessions; 2) a portal/LMS and a discussion forum to engage lessons and materials as well as one another and 3) the two week study-tour itself.
Course description: Rediscover Jesus (Yeshua) and the Land of the Bible in profound ways by engaging the geography, archaeology and Jewish context of Yeshua and the Land of the Bible. Students will learn to read the Bible afresh through the prism of ancient Jewish and Christian perspectives. Two goals of this course are to root the Christian story in the Land of the Bible and bring alive the Bible in new and powerful ways, with the ultimate goal to know Yeshua and his Bible (the Old Testament) better in order to follow him more fully as Messiah.
Learning Outcomes:
  1. Students will gain an overview of the life of Yeshua from a land, literature and language perspective.
  2. Students will gain an appreciation for the Land of the Bible and how it functions not only as a “Fifth Gospel” (to quote Jerome) but also as an integral part of the story of the Bible.
  3. Students will gain the tools to develop a well-informed and historically rooted faith in Yeshua through the Land of the Bible.
  4. Students will have a new understanding of complexities and peoples in the Land of the Bible today.
  5. Students will consider how the Land and spiritual formation have been intertwined: the place of space in theology.
  6. Students will engage in the ongoing discussion of the importance of both study and practice, of knowledge and interpersonal relationships.
Course Expectations (for Audit):
  • Attend the two live sessions if possible (beginning of Sept 2022 and Oct 2022)
  • Read, View or Listen to Course Lesson Materials on the Jerusalem Seminary website if time allows.
  • Complete the quizzes if time allows.
  • Participate in the Class Forum: Each audit student is welcome to respond to the Forum Leading Question posted by the Instructor and to fellow student’s posts.
Course Requirements (for Credit): A student’s final grade will comprise the following:
  • Read, View or Listen to Course Lesson Materials on the Jerusalem Seminary website.
  • Read the Book of Deuteronomy, Matthew and Acts.
  • Attend the two live sessions (10%)
  • Complete the quizzes (20%)
  • Participate in the Class Forum: Each student should respond to the Leading Question posted by the Instructor.  Each student should respond to at least two fellow students’ posts. (20%)
  • Actively Participate in the physical study-tour course (20%)
  • Write a 10-12 page research paper on a topic approved by the instructor. Due Nov 15 (30%).
  • Final Grades will be based on the scale of: 90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, and under 60 is no credit.
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