Jerusalem Seminary Fall 2022 Online Courses!

Jerusalem Seminary is now entering into its third official semester of online courses while simultaneously inaugurating short-term courses in the Land! After rave reviews and touching testimonies from the past two semesters, the fall ‘22 line up boasts new courses and old classics that are available for enrollment and can also be used to fulfill requirements in one of four new certificate tracks. You can jump over to the fall 2022 course catalog for all the details, but here is a quick summary of this fall’s offerings.

When? October 2022 – January 2023, weekly, except for the Hebrew courses which are held twice weekly.

Format? Hybrid. Some courses meet weekly on zoom for live sessions (that are recorded and available for viewing afterwards) and some courses have pre-recorded lectures enhanced with at least three live sessions with the instructor. The course “Israel Matters” will include even more extra live Jerusalem sessions this year!

Time Commitment
: Depending on the course, about 3-4 hours a week for enrichment and 4-6 hours a week for credit. (Hebrew 6-9 hours a week). Most weekly pre-recorded lectures are two academic hours long and for those taking a course for credit, each week another two to four hours are required for readings, assignments and forum posts, and a brief weekly quiz.

Early Bird Pricing: Early Bird Course fees are good until September 1, 2022. After this time, the prices will increase between $50 – $65 per course.

FALL 2022 COURSE LISTING:

Discovering Jewish Life: Then and Now – (HYBRID, 3 credits) Early Bird Course Fee: $450/$350, Starts Monday 24 October 2022. Course Description: This course is foundational to understanding the Bible both in its ancient Israelite context and in considering how Jewish life relates to life and faith today. It engages broadly across traditional Jewish literature – from the Torah to the modern period, emphasizing how the Jewish classics have shaped Jewish life, traditions and customs down to the present day. We will trace the historical roots of various Jewish life practices from their origins in the Torah and their journey through the centuries and diverse periods of Jewish literature. Instructor: Elazar Brandt, M.Div. Meeting Times: Three live sessions on Mondays 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern Time (7:00-8:00PM Israel Time): 24 October, 28 November, and 16 January and 12 weekly lectures – each being about two academic hours long.

Celebrating Biblical and Messianic Feasts in Early Christian Traditions – (LIVE, 3 credits) Starts Tues October 18th 2022, Early Bird Course Fee: $450/$350. Course Description: This course will investigate the development of the Christian feast calendar celebrating God’s history with mankind. In view of the progressing Biblical and Messianic feasts in the early Church period the course will explore the relations between Rabbinic, proto-Christian and orthodox Christian traditions in the first centuries after the destruction of the Second Temple. The course will investigate the claim that Jewish traditions of Biblical feasts often are preserved in Eastern Orthodox Church traditions. Middle Eastern Churches took leading roles in the development of Biblical feasts celebrated in the early Church, like Pascha and Pentecost, and extra Biblical feasts, like Good Friday, Epiphany and Christmas. The course will look into Western Protestant celebrations of Biblical and Messianic feasts and their relations with those rich traditions. Instructor: Dr. Petra Heldt. Meeting Times: Weekly live online sessions between October 18th 2022 and January 17th 2023.

Israel Matters: A Theology of People and Land – (HYBRID, 3 Credits) Starts Wed 19 October 2022, Early Bird Course Fee: $450/$350. Course 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 redemptionThis 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? Instructor: Dr. Gerald McDermott. Meeting Times: Three live sessions on Wednesdays 11:00 am -12:00 pm PM Eastern Time (6:00 – 7:00 PM Israel Time): Wed Oct 26, Wed Dec 7, Wed Jan 12, extra livestreamed lecture live from Jerusalem October 19th, 7:30 pm.

Biblical Hebrew as a Living Language – Level 1 (LIVE, 4 credits) Early Bird Course Fee: $600, starts Thur 20 October 2022. Course Description: Beginners welcome! Learn Biblical Hebrew as a living language live from Israelis (Hebrew for the Nations (H4N) certified instructors) using an interactive spoken Biblical Hebrew methodology and always with two teachers! Instructor: Talia Bar David and others. Meeting Times: Mondays & Thursdays: 9:00-10:30 AM Eastern Time (4:00-5:30 PM Jerusalem Time) for 12 weeks, starting October 2022 through January 2023. The sessions will be recorded and made available in the days following the classes for those who cannot make the live sessions.

Biblical Hebrew as a Living Language – Level 2 (LIVE, 4 Credits) Early Bird Course Fee: $600, starts Thurs 20 October 2022. Course Description: This new dynamic course offering, again taught with two live Israeli H4N trained teachers, continues education in Biblical Hebrew dynamically through speaking, reading, and writing. It either requires a prerequisite by completion of Level 1 or if you feel strong in Hebrew a placement test can be taken to enter the course. Instructor: Crystal Rudolph and others. Meeting Times: Mondays & Thursdays: 9:00-10:30 AM Eastern Time (4:00-5:30 PM Jerusalem Time) for 12 weeks, starting October 2022 through January 2023. The sessions will be recorded and made available in the days following the classes for those who cannot make the live sessions.

Rediscovering Yeshua, the Hebrew scriptures and the Land of the Bible – Biblical Study tour October 16-27, 2022. A 12-day course ranging from Dan to Beersheba with special lectures and participation in the JS Fall Convocation (Oct 19). Applications can be started here. Full Price: $5385. Land only: $4585. Subsidized price for first-time seminarians receiving a scholarship: $3785 “Air + Land”, and $2985 “Land Only”. Please note: dates are Oct 15-28 if including travel from the USA.

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