Courses | Master of Divinity (Messianic Jewish Studies)

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.


Curriculum Requirements

A study of principles or sound interpretation and application of the Bible, including analysis of presuppositions, general rules and specialized principles for the various biblical genre and phenomena and the development of an exegetical method. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

A broad survey of the Old Testament books, including selected introductory and critical issues, relevant background, major themes and divisions, and crucial problems. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

A general overview of the New Testament books, including selected introductory and critical issues, relevant background, major themes and divisions, and crucial problems. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

History of the church from the Apostolic Fathers to the eve of the Reformation with an emphasis on the development of doctrine. Discussion of key thinkers, such as Origen, Tertullian, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas and Scotus. Notes: Required of M.A. (Theology) students. May not be substituted for TTHT 514. Grade Mode: A.
History of the church from the Reformation to the present with an emphasis on the key Continental and English Reformers, including Zwingli, Luther and Calvin. Discussion of the counter-Reformation, Protestant scholasticism, the Enlightenment, and important theological developments in the modern era. Opportunity is given for students to study the polity and history of their own denomination. Notes: Required of M.A. (Theology) students. May not be substituted for TTHT 514.Grade Mode: A.
History of the church from the apostolic Fathers to the modern era with an emphasis on the development of doctrine. Highlights key thinkers in the patristic, medieval, Reformation and modern eras. Notes: Required of M.Div. students. May not be substituted for either TTHT 505 or TTHT 506. Grade Mode: A.
History of the Jewish people from the return from the Babylonian Captivity to the Modern State of Israel. Emphasis will be placed on the events and significant personalities in the history of the Chosen People during important periods of development such as the destruction of the Second Temple, the Golden Age of Islam, the Middle Ages, the Haskalah Enlightenment of the 18th Century, the Holocaust, and the Zionist Movement. Attention will be given to the relationship of the Jewish community to Christianity throughout the course. Grade Mode: A.
An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek. Translation of portions of the New Testament in the second semester. Designed for students who have not completed a full sequence of beginning Greek courses. Notes: Not for credit in the M.Div. or M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) programs unless the student takes it in place of elective credits. Grade Mode: A.
An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek. Translation of portions of the New Testament in the second semester. Designed for students who have not completed a full sequence of beginning Greek courses. Notes: Not for credit in the M.Div. or M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) programs unless the student takes it in place of elective credits. Grade Mode: A.

A comprehensive survey of morphology and syntax, the building of a Greek vocabulary, an introduction to textual criticism, and the development of an exegetical methodology with reading in selected passages of the Greek New Testament. Designed to emphasize the value of Greek study as a tool for understanding the biblical text. Lecture/Lab Hours: Includes a required one hour non-credit lab. Notes: Required of M.Div., M.A. (Bible Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology), and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.

Exegetical study of select passages from the Greek text of the gospels. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. Special attention given to assessment of modern critical methods for the interpretation of the biblical text. Notes: Required of all M.A. (New Testament) students. M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students may take TTNT 604 or TTNT 605. Grade Mode: A.
Exegetical study of select passages from the Greek text of the Epistles in the light of the historical framework of the book of Acts. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. Special attention given to assessment of modern critical methods for the interpretation of the biblical text. Notes: Required of all M.A. (New Testament) students. M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students may take TTNT 604 or TTNT 605. Grade Mode: A.
Basic grammar with translation and written exercises. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Additional grammar and syntax with emphasis on reading and translation in selected biblical texts. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.

Course content includes readings and exegesis from the Hebrew text of the Torah (Pentateuch) with discussion of text criticism, background issues (historical and compositional), and exegetical methodology. Special attention is given to the Torah as the legal constitution of the Nation of Israel and its implications as the foundation for Jewish life. Study will include Jewish commentaries from ancient and modern sources. Notes: Offered only at the New York extension site. Grade Mode: A.

Emphasis is placed upon the Hebrew language in the Prophets and the Writings, with special attention given to key prophetic and Messianic texts that identify the Messiah and His mission to Israel. Additional discussion will focus on the use of these texts in the New Testament. The character, extent, and personalities of the Hebrew prophetic scriptures will be studied along with principles for their interpretation. Notes: Offered only at the New York extension site. Grade Mode: A.

Using the original Mishnaic Hebrew text, some Aramaic texts of the Talmud, and English translations of both, students will be introduced to this core literature, which shaped the thought and life of the Jewish community. The overall content of the sixty-three tractates of the Mishnah will be taught as well as the interrelatedness with the text of the New Testament. Attention will also be given to selected portions of Tosefta and Midrash. This course will assist students in acquiring knowledge of Jewish culture and history from the 3rd Century to the present through the study of the argumentation of the Talmud and the contemporary approaches to Talmudic literature. Notes: Offered only at the New York extension site. Grade Mode: A.

An examination of the Christian worldview and the various Christian apologetic responses in relation to the areas of history, science, and philosophy. Notes: Required for M.Div. and M.A. (Theology) students. Elective for M.A. (Philosophy) students. Grade Mode: A.
The biblical principles and practice of evangelism and discipleship. The class will seek to develop the skills of personal evangelism, determine strategies for a discipleship ministry. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction into the practical elements of ministry. Emphasis will be placed on career planning, field experience and preparation for Field Education Internship in the M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. programs. Notes: Required of M.Div. students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.
Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form and supervisor's evaluation form. Notes: Required of M.Div. students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: C.
A study of a pastor's call, purpose, and role in ministry. Special attention will be given to providing leadership in worship, music, ordinances, weddings, funerals, and hospital and home visitation. Notes: Required of M.Div. (Pastoral and General Ministries, Christian Education, Evangelism and Discipleship, Spiritual Formation) students, and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.
The process of preparation that results in sermons that are biblically accurate, easy to follow, interesting to listen to and relevant to contemporary needs. Notes: Required of M.Div., M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry and Women's Ministry), and B.A. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.

A study of factors leading to preaching effectiveness, including: creative preaching forms, speaker credibility, listener motivation, auditorium size and shape, filing systems and organizing the work week. Notes: Required of M.Div. (Pastoral and General Ministries; Evangelism and Discipleship) students, and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.

Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form and supervisor's evaluation form. Notes: Required of M.Div. (except Pastoral Care and Counseling) and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. M.Div. Pastoral Care and Counseling students take TTPT 693, TTPT 694, and TTPT 695 instead. Grade Mode: C.
Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form, supervisor's evaluation form and sermon evaluation form. Grade Mode: C.

Intended as a capstone seminar, this course will summarize and apply the primary lessons learned throughout the program in Jewish Studies. The integration of learning in this course is designed to better equip those entering or continuing in the field of Messianic Jewish ministry. Students will be expected to share the findings of their thesis research and/or field education with a view toward refinement and development of further investigation.

Integration of all the disciplines of ministry and seminary education. It provides supervised experience in various phases of Christian ministry. One hundred hours of field experience each semester are evaluated in classroom interaction. Notes: Required of M.Div. (except Pastoral Care and Counseling, Spiritual Formation, and Missions and Intercultural Studies) and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry); Missions and Intercultural Studies students see ISCL 791–792; Pastoral Care and Counseling see TTPT 693, 694, and 695. Offered Fall semester only. Grade Mode: A.
Integration of all the disciplines of ministry and seminary education. It provides supervised experience in various phases of Christian ministry. One hundred hours of field experience each semester are evaluated in classroom interaction. Notes: Required of M.Div. (except Pastoral Care and Counseling, Spiritual Formation, and Missions and Intercultural Studies) and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry); Missions and Intercultural Studies students see ISCL 791–792; Pastoral Care and Counseling see TTPT 693, 694, and 695. Offered Spring semester only. Grade Mode: A.
Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 15 students who explore the course content as well as the student's own life and growth within community. Required in the students' first semester at Talbot. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A theological and experiential exploration into human relationships and issues related to gender, romance, marriage, family and parenting as they relate to spiritual growth. Course includes an investigation into the impact of personal and family history on theological outlook, emotional congruence, relational attractions and moral decisions. Personal assessments and a one-day retreat are an integral part of this course. Students will experience spiritual community and intercessory prayer as they begin individual spiritual direction with a spiritual director and continue relationships within a cohort group to explore deeply their relational capacity at the heart of how Christ is formed in them, thereby developing deeper levels of trust and vulnerability.Prerequisites: TTSF 501. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Cohort groups will continue to meet from TTSF 501 and a one-day group spiritual retreat will be required. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
An introduction to theology and theological method. Scripture, including inspiration and inerrancy. God, including his attributes and triune nature. God's work of creation, including God's eternal plan, the angels, and providence. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students.Grade Mode: A.
Humanity in the image of God, including human nature, the family, and civil government. The fall and the effect of sin upon humanity. The person and work of Christ. The nature and application of salvation, including regeneration, justification, and sanctification. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students.Grade Mode: A.
Students will examine the history and theology of the four major branches of Rabbinic Judaism (Reformed, Conservative, Orthodox, and Hasidism), as well as other forms of Jewish contemporary thought. A systematic treatment of Jewish theology will include discussion of Judaism's understanding of God, Scripture, Man, Salvation, and Eschatology, and evaluation of this understanding from the perspective of OT and NT teaching. Grade Mode: A.
A comprehensive study of the traditional daily Jewish prayer book as a significant source of Jewish theology. The Jewish people throughout the world use the Siddur for personal and corporate worship, and it has become a collection of rabbinic thought in prayers and reflections from the Second Temple period to the present. Attention will be given to the biblical foundations as well as the non-biblical developments through the centuries. Grade Mode: A.

The person and work of the Holy Spirit. The inception and nature of the church, both as a living organism and an organization, its function, ordinances, and mission. The broad kingdom purpose of God, including Christ's second coming, the millennial reign of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, judgment, and the eternal state. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.