Early Christian Worship in its Jewish Context
SB HIST 404 3 Credits*
Course Instructor and Meeting Time:
Instructor: Brittany Löwenstein. The course will meet on Tuesdays 10am – 1pm EDT (1700 – 2000 Israel Time) starting September 14th 2021 for 15 weeks. Lectures will be recorded and made available within a few days for those who can not make the live sessions.
Ancient Biblical and Jewish worship and prayer serve as great windows into the theology and practices of ancient Israel and early Judaism and the life-changing perspective of just how much of this inheritance is still found in the daily worship and prayer of all denominations. In this course we will unpack what is known of first-century Jewish Temple and synagogue music and liturgy, and trace it forward to the earliest prayers and orders of worship of the Christian Church. Students will gain tools to identify the inheritance of temple and ancient synagogue worship still identifiable today in many modern expressions of Christian and Messianic Jewish worship and strengthen their understanding of the Jewish roots of the faith.
1. Students will be able to connect with the rich ancient Jewish Temple roots still recognizable in all Christian and Messianic worship settings today.
2. This course aims to provide students with the tools to make educated opinions about the music, worship and prayer of the ancient Jewish Temple and Synagogue as well as the Early Christian Church.
3. Students will be exposed to and be able to articulate a healthy sample and familiarity of the interdependencies and influences therin.
4. Students will gain the ability to recognize these influences as they appear in modern worship settings and references to these influences in the wider modern and ancient worlds.
5. Finally students will gain the appropriate tools and references to continue research in these areas.
Werner, Eric. The Sacred Bridge: Liturgical Parallels in Synagogue and Early Church. New York: Columbia University Press, 1970. [Note: The 1970 volume comprises Part I of The Sacred Bridge, originally published by Columbia University Press in 1959.]
Weekly quizzes and assignments.
*Jerusalem Seminary (JS) courses are engagingly academic and taught by experts in their field living in Israel. While JS’ courses are not externally accredited, they can be taken for internal JS credit. Any internal JS credit will accrue and at a later time would hopefully, through articulation agreements and accreditation bodies, receive official accreditation; a process that JS is beginning.