Jewish History and Culture I: Abraham to Acts
Rabbi Jamie Cowen
Part of the Shaliach Level
This course examines how God is involved throughout all of human history, even up to the present day. The Jews will be examined as a people group, focusing on their distinctive attributes as a people called by God to be unique among all the nations of the earth. The course will also present an overview of Jewish history, revolt, exile, and return to the land. The relationship of the various Jewish sects – the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Zealots and Nazarenes – will be presented, along with an explanation of the historical formation of Rabbinic Judaism. The Talmud, Mishnah, and Gemara will be discussed and an example from Bava Metzia will be analyzed. Additionally, the roots of anti-Semitism will be explored, with a focus on the rise of Christianity and its split with Messianic Judaism.