History of the Early Messianic Jewish Movement
Dr. Jeffrey Seif
Part of the Shaliach Level
This course surveys Church history and the rise and demise of early Messianic Jewish faith, practice, and experience in first century Judea. The course will explore the precariousness of life as a Messianic Jew, focusing on the tensions between Jewish and non-Jewish believers, the problem of anti-Jewishness in Roman culture, and the writings of anti-Jewish churchmen. Course participants will be exposed to the rise and demise of non-Pauline/pre-Pauline Messianic Jewish communities and how, over time, the movement became un-Jewish, non-Jewish, and then anti–Jewish.