Academics

Explore the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith


Academic Offerings

Jewish Studies LibraryOur core courses have been offered for undergraduate and graduate students as intensive courses since March 2008 and as resident elective courses since September 2009. Starting in 2011, our courses are offered through the Liberty School of Religion at the undergraduate level, and possibly as intensives during the winter and summer intensive Periods.

As of the fall of 2012, a Minor and a Concentration in Jewish Studies, are available in the undergraduate level through the School of Religion.
 

Why Jewish Studies?

The Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament, came to us through Jewish hands. Jesus and His disciples were Jewish, as was the Apostle Paul who spearheaded the outreach of the Gospel to the Gentiles. The history of the Church reveals an ignorance of Christianity’s Jewish roots and therefore, a misunderstanding of and an adversarial relationship with the Jewish people. Evangelical Christians have recognized that God chose the Jewish people and the Land of Israel to fulfill His redemptive program for mankind.

Since its founding, Liberty University has supported this understanding and the modern Jewish State as evidence of God’s faithfulness to His biblical promises. Training in Jewish studies enables Christian students to impact their world academically, spiritually, and politically with a biblical and balanced worldview of Israel and the Jewish people.
 

Minor or Concentration in Jewish Studies


BIBL 431 - IsraelologyBIBL 431 - ISRAELOLOGY (3 CR.)
A systematic study of Israel and the Jewish people as a central and defining feature of biblical theology.  Consideration will be given to the importance and central role of Israel’s biblical covenant, Israel’s relationship with the Church, and Israel’s future in the divine program.


BIBL 432 - Messianic ProphecyBIBL 432 - MESSIANIC PROPHECY (3 CR.)
A systematic study of the Hebrew prophecies of the Messiah and their fulfillment in the New Testament. Interaction with Jewish objections relating to Jesus’ Messianic claims to ancient and modern Rabbinic viewpoints, and key Old Testament passages will be examined along with their New Testament fulfillment.


BIBL 433 - The Jewish Temple in History and ProphecyBIBL 433 - THE JEWISH TEMPLE IN HISTORY AND PROPHECY (3 CR.)
This course is an examination of the historical, theological, and prophetic significance of the Jewish Temple and its various forms in the Bible. Additionally, this course will examine the Temple and its religious and political impact on relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims from ancient to modern times.
 

BIBL 471 - Biblical ArchaeologyBIBL 471 - BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (3 CR.)
An introduction to the science of archaeology as it relates to biblical history, biblical and theological studies, apologetics, and political issues in the region. Students will understand the purpose, history, theories, and methodology of archaeology in the lands of the Bible, the apologetic use of archaeology in defending historical and theological concerns and how archaeology is employed in the modern controversy regarding territory in the Middle East. Students will also learn the significance of major excavations and artifacts that illustrate and corroborate the history of the Bible in both Old and New Testament as well as the Intertestamental Period.


THEO 450 - Middle East Conflict in Biblical PerspectiveTHEO 450 - MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT IN BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
(3 CR.)
This course traces the causes, development, consequences and outcome of the Middle East conflict from a biblical and Christian Zionist perspective. The relevant historical and biblical texts will be examined with respect to Israel’s conflict with the nations past, present and future and the contemporary interpretation of the conflict within Christianity.
 

BIBL 434 - Israel Adventure TourBIBL 434 - GENERAL STUDIES IN ISRAEL SEMINAR/TOUR (3 CR.)
Offered annually in June as part of the concentration or as an elective
An onsite study of the history, archaeology, geography, religion, and culture of ancient and modern Israel through an extensive tour of the country. Please note: This course is taught for two weeks in the country of Israel. Click here for complete details...

 


The Research ProgramArchaeological Research

One of the primary purposes of the Center is to engage in primary research in the field of Judaic Studies.

From its inception the Center for Judaic Studies has been involved in several research projects that were under the sponsorship of other universities and organizations were transferred to the university with Dr. Randall Price who was directing these projects.

These include an archaeological excavation project in Israel, the publication of the excavation report, an archaeological project in eastern Turkey related to the search for Noah’s Ark, and several publications (a handbook on Biblical Archaeology and a critical commentary on the Book of Daniel). The first of these has now become wedded to an academic course and it is envisioned that the others will also play a significant role for the Liberty academic community.

For more information, contact the Center for Judaic Studies at centerforjudaicstudies@liberty.edu or call (434) 592-3249.