Master of Arts Certificate in Judeo-Christian Studies

The Master of Arts Certificate in Judeo-Christian Studies is ideal option for those who desire specialized ministry training in this area without having to enroll in a complete degree program. The courses are the same as those used for the Master of Arts in Judeo-Christian Synergism degree program. Credits can be transfered into a degree program at any time in the future.

Master of Arts Certificate in Judeo-Christian Studies
(see course descriptions below):

Orientation MOR (2 credits)
Historical Geography of the Holy Land HGH-1500 (3 credits)
Israel and the Church IAC-1510 (3 credits)
Contemporary Readings (BFP Literature/Manuals) BFP-CR1500 (3 credits)
*Elective Course (3 credits)

*APPROVED ELECTIVES (all electives are 3 credit courses):

1.  Church History During the Formative Years (A.D. 70-400) CH-507
2.  Biblical Apologetics from a Rabbinical Perspective BA-507
3.  A Biblical Worldview of Modern Israel, the Jews,

     and the Church BVI-1500-LS

Course Descriptions


Orientation OR-MA

The purpose of this course is to help ensure that the student will begin his or her study program at Master’s with the basic information needed to move successfully toward graduation.  For this reason, this course is mandatory of all new students.


Historical Geography in the Holy Land HGH-1500 - A Survey of the Holy Land: Geography, Archaeology, Architecture, and History.
The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the geography of the Holy Land.  All of the sites important to the development of the Nation of Israel and the Ministry of Jesus are studied in context with special emphasis on the unique geography of the Holy Land.


Israel and the Church IAC-1510
This course will exam several crucial topics related to the issue of Israel and the Church, including: The Jewish background of the writers of the New Testament; The Jewish background of the Messiah; The historical circumstances surrounding the separation of Jewish Messianic followers of Yeshua from the Gentile population of Christians; The subsequent theological development that led to a separation of Israel and the Church; Contemporary re-evaluation of this separation and its implications for a renewed relationship.


Contemporary Readings (BFP Literature/Manuals) BFP-CR1500
Course Purpose:  There are a variety of topics and issues that are integral to an understanding of God’s intended relationship between Jews and Christians and how history has effected that relationship. This course provides that foundation through various books and publications produced by BFP as well as other selected writings deemed essential reading by BFP instructors. Students will gain the background needed to be successful “bridge-builders” between the Jewish and Christian communities.   




Church History During the Formative Years (A.D. 70-400) CH-507 - 3 Credits Course Purpose:  The events that occurred between the destruction of the Second Temple and official recognition of Christianity by Rome are perhaps the most crucial events that have ever occurred for both modern Judaism and Christianity. If one wishes to build bridges between these two religions, one must have a grasp of whatever material can be gleaned from the historical record. Far too often the common assumptions on both sides are simply not historically accurate. A much more careful examination must be attempted.


Biblical Apologetics from a Rabbinical Perspective BA-507 - 3 Credits
Course Purpose:  Long before Christianity developed apologetic arguments, Judaism was involved in defending its own understanding of God, Man and the world. But while Christian apologetics typically presents philosophically oriented explanations like the cosmological argument for God’s existence, Jewish apologetics takes a decidedly different approach. Jewish apologetics is far more interested in how to live life under God’s sovereignty than it is in establishing reasons for believing that God exists. Jewish apologetics begins with a different set of presuppositions based not in the authority of reason but in the authority of revelation. In order to understand most of the biblical material concerned with God’s nature and will, it is important to recognize that the Bible does not share the same worldview as a Greek-based rational apologetic. Therefore, an examination of the methodology and objectives of Jewish rabbinic arguments is essential for the exegesis of the Jewish authors of the New Testament. Such an examination reveals the significant differences between our contemporary view of the defense of the faith and the view found in Scripture.


A Biblical Worldview of Modern Israel, the Jews, and the Church BVI-1500

Course Purpose:  The course is designed as a three credit elective appropriate to most bachelor and master level ministry degrees, providing a framework for understanding critical modern events in the Middle East, their relationship to Bible promises and prophecy, and a framework for practical and constructive interaction between Bible-believing Christians and Jews, fully recognizing areas of agreement and disagreement.

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