The Torah, the Kingdom of God, and the Messiah is an online survey course about three inseparable biblical concepts unified in the Person of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). The three-part course helps students draw from the richness of the Tanakh (Torah, Prophets and Writings – “Old Testament”) and the Judean Nazarene Writings (“New Testament”) to explain the Torah and the kingdom of God as taught by Yeshua of Nazareth and his apprentices. We ask, (1) “What is the Torah?”, (2) “What is the kingdom of heaven?” and (3) “Who is the Messiah?” Other Jewish literature, including the Talmud and Midrashim, are researched. The primary study materials are written papers by the instructor, and assigned writings of selected authors.
Course Preparation and Expectations
Four online Zoom sessions are held for about two hours in length. Advance preparation using a study guide is essential to get the most out of the sessions. A study guide is provided three weeks before the first online session to help guide the student’s written research before sessions begin. The study guide gives instructions and has several questions to be completed. It should be finished and submitted to the instructor before the three online sessions begin. This represents one-third of the grade. The instructor is available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist the student. The completed and graded study guide, class participation, and the graded final exam comprise the three parts of the final grade.