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WCF.M2.L63 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Understand the nature of early rabbinic literature in relation to the Old Testament.
  • Explore the Jewish context in which the early Christian community emerged.
  • Compare early Christianity and emerging rabbinic Judaism in relation to their common source in the Hebrew Bible.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 248-249Lesson 63 Introduction

  • General
  • Johnson: A History of the Jews
  • 130-151Judaism: Paul ... Jabneh and Rabbinical Judaism

  • Green, ed: Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
  • 544-548Midrash
  • 688-697Revolutionary Movements

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Classical World Reader
  • 365-368Ginzberg: Elisha and Jonah

  • Evans: Dictionary of New Testament Background
  • 81-85Apostolic Fathers
  • 580-583Jewish Literature
  • 584-588Jewish Wars with Rome

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 249-251Lesson 63 Review

  • Optional
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 519-521Jew, Judaism

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 129-130Bahamas
  • 150-151Bermuda
  • 694-696Puerto Rico
  • 838-839Turks and Caicos
  • 886-887Virgin Islands

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 63

  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 63
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Compare the use of the story of Jonah by Jesus (as reported in Matt 12:38-42) and the way in which the story of Jonah is elaborated in Jewish midrash . What, if anything, can Christians learn from the exegetical methods used in rabbinic Judaism?

  • Citing an encyclopedic article, in 75 words or less, describe the Jewish context from which the early Christian community emerged.

  • Write a defense of your answer to the following question: Which is closer to the religion of ancient Israel, rabbinic Judaism or early Christianity?

  • How would you describe the relationship between early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism? What would be your response to someone who claims that Christianity can be described as a Jewish sect?